Booking a green conference venue for your upcoming convention equates to an overall lower environmental impact. You or a client you’re working with may value green conference venues that are designed to reduce the waste created by meetings and events. So we’ve chosen our list of the top five green conference venues to consider for your upcoming convention.
The Moscone Center is the largest convention center in San Francisco. It offers all the space and features needed for a corporate convention, including catering, audio visual and sound, lighting, theatrics, wifi, and a business center. This green conference venue has led the way for sustainable practices for large venues. Moscone Center was built with efficiency in mind, and it focuses on recycling, premium air quality, energy efficiency, and more. This venue is the winner of the State of California’s WRAP of the Year Award and has earned numerous awards for their green practices.
The Québec Convention Centre is situated in a pedestrian-friendly city and ensures that every event held there meets sustainable certification standards. Each year, the Centre saves 35,500 cubic meters of water through its sustainable practices. The Centre was the first in Canada to offer guests wifi in all areas, boasting the tech you need for your convention. The Centre holds certifications including LEED-CI (Gold), LEED-EB (Silver), BOMA BEST Level 3, and the AIPC’s Gold Quality Standard. How many convention centers have you planned in that have that many certifications?
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre can be found in the city’s business and entertainment center. The Centre offers various ballrooms, an exhibit space, and a theatre seating 1,232 guests. This green conference venue has become well-known for its sustainable practices as of recent years. Some of their most impressive accomplishments are diverting 90% of waste from landfill, the use of green electricity, a green roof, and their ability to host zero-waste events.
The Javits Center is located on Eleventh Avenue in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen area. This venue has been host to many major events and seamlessly delivers everything from telecommunications to lighting – all with sustainability in mind. It features a high-efficiency glass-encased facade, 100 energy-efficient HVAC units, and a groundbreaking 7-acre green roof designed to prevent an average of 6.8 million gallons of stormwater runoff yearly while reducing the facility’s annual energy consumption by nearly 30%.
Music City Center boasts an upscale green conference venue with 350,000 of space. The facility offers leading-edge technology, equipment, and a four-acre green roof, 845 solar panels, and a 360,000 gallon rainwater collector. This venue is LEED Gold Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
When it comes to finding a green conference venue, a “green certified” venue will often offer the features you’re looking for. For instance, many green conference venues reduce and eliminate waste by using reusable containers. Many such venues implement sleek technology while recycling to decrease paper and energy use. The number of premier green conference venues in Canada and the United States is on the rise, but this list includes some of the most well-known green facilities.
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Laura Lopez is the Marketing Content Strategist at the Washington, D.C.-based event planning software company, Social Tables. In her role, she puts the “social” in Social Tables through facilitating face to face and digital interactions between their growing, global customer base of over 4,000 strong. She is passionate about bringing together like-minded communities that share a common goal to make each other successful through on and offline engagement.