How Top Venues Improving Their Green Credentials

GreenWhile Green is good for the environment, it can also be a great way for venues and organizers of events, looking to define themselves against the competition, catch attention. This post shows you how some of the leading venues are taking these steps.

The first hotel chain that met the standards for environmental certification by the Green Restaurant Association was InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. This was part of an effort known as the Green Engage program, an online system established in 2009 to measure and track energy, waste, carbon, and water efficiency.

“We’ve seen a large increase in the corporate responsibility questions that are coming in through requests for proposals,” says Maury Zimring, the company’s director of corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability. “We’ve built a toolkit within Green Engage to help our hotels provide opportunities for meeting planners to decide what best fits their particular event. That was all based on customer demand.”

Last September, the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas was the first venue to achieve “level two” certification for environmentally sustainable meetings, events, trade shows, and conferences. A partnership of the Convention Industry Council’s APEX initiative and A.S.T.M. ­International designed this certification to demonstrate how the meetings industry is achieving comprehensive standards for environmentally sustainable meetings. It looks at many factors that lead to reduced energy expenditure such as moving data storage to a cloud-based system (to reduce the numbers of servers in the building) and motion sensor triggered lighting.


The Toronto arts and cultural center, designed by Daniels Spectrum, opened two years ago and was constructed to LEED Silver certification standards. It uses paint, carpeting, and cabinetry that contain low levels of toxic chemicals, a heating and cooling system with no hydrofluorocarbons, and low-flow water fixtures. It uses wood from trees removed from the site as part of the interior and during has a roof covered with native plants that provide both insulation and a habitat for wildlife.

An almost universal trend is the incorporation of sustainability into the menus available in venues. We’re seeing more local vendors and better back-of-house practices. A good example is the Chicago based restaurant Prasino. It serves food with that focuses on locally grown, antibiotic- and hormone-free ingredients that are purchased from vendors who subscribe to sustainable practices for their land and humane treatment of livestock. The restaurant building uses high-efficiency appliances, eco-friendly cleaning products, cloth napkins, and a water filtration system instead of bottled water.

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Posted on Feb 14 2014

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