DALLAS, Texas — Greenbuild, in conjunction with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released the Greenbuild 2013 sustainability report, announcing valuable metrics regarding the sustainability and overall footprint of the 2013 event, held last fall in Philadelphia.
The Greenbuild Sustainability Report is an annual report Greenbuild releases each year to report on the progress of its robust sustainability program, which has creatively addressed the environmental impacts of 23,000 attendees, hundreds of educational sessions, and football fields of exhibits.
The comprehensive report details the sustainability programs implemented in 2013 through a review of all objectives, goals, and best practices. Case studies provide detailed overviews of the processes used to implement innovative new projects, from exhibitor engagement to a redesigned sourcing process. The report can be accessed here on the Greenbuild website.
As the premier gathering of green building professionals, “Greenbuild has worked to integrate sustainability into every aspect of planning for Greenbuild, in hopes of reducing our impact while positively affecting attendees and creating change within the industry,” said Kate Hurst, Director, Greenbuild Conference and Events for USGBC. “The Greenbuild Sustainability Report highlights both our successes and challenges and is utilized to spread best practices and help our industry peers learn from our experience.”
The report highlights progress of Greenbuild’s seven sustainability objectives, including the following highlights:
- Waste: Greenbuild catalyzed the total overhaul of waste management at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, helping the convention center go from a 10 percent annual waste diversion from landfill rate to 67 ercent the week of Greenbuild.
- Energy: To reduce energy use, 100 percent of laptops and projectors used for 120 education sessions were ENERGY STAR Certified. 100 percent of carbon emissions caused by Greenbuild, including attendee travel emissions, were offset through the purchase of carbon offsets.
- Stakeholder Engagement: The report includes a case study on implementing one of the industry’s largest exhibitor sustainability programs, Greenbuild Mandatory Exhibition Greening Guidelines (GMEGG), which requires exhibitors to comply with mandatory greening requirements ranging from limiting handouts to using energy-efficient displays.
- Sourcing: The City of Philadelphia’s many sustainability initiatives made it a fitting host for Greenbuild 2013, from its progressive energy and water benchmarking laws to the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s LEED Gold expansion building.
- Community: Greenbuild partnered with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Smith Memorial Playground and Public Workshop on the 2013 Greenbuild Legacy Project to create a youth-built “Adventure Playground” at Smith’s historic facility in East Fairmount Park.
- -Leadership: Greenbuild worked with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council to engage, educate and support the Philadelphia hospitality community in compliance with new energy and water benchmarking and reporting regulations in Philadelphia.
Greenbuild 2014 is scheduled for Oct. 22-24 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La. Online attendee registration is now open and available on the Greenbuild website. Registration options include Expo Passes to walk the show floor, Day Passes to walk the show floor and attend education sessions and the Full Conference Pass. Additional offerings include summits, LEED workshops, tours and special events.