by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 22, 2014
The inaugural Green Venue Report released this week found that convention centers and event organizers aren't talking about sustainability. The study, from green meetings consultants Greenview ( and Twirl Management (, featured 108 questions and was completed by 16 North American convention centers. Eleven of the facilities reported that fewer than 20 percent of event organizers discuss green practices during the planning process. On the more positive side, waste diversion at the centers averages a respectable 62 percent (the highest reported rate was 88 percent). Five of the 16 facilities use renewable energy from solar installations and seven use offsite renewable energy. The centers are actively seeking certifications: Almost all of the properties that answered the survey have achieved or are pursuing LEED, ISO 14001, APEX/ASTM or other recognition. The responding facilities were the Austin (Texas) Convention Center; Colorado Convention Center in Denver; Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City; Las Vegas Convention & Visitor Authority; Metro Toronto Convention Center; Music City Center in Nashville; Orange County Convention Center in Orlando; Oregon Convention Center in Portland; Palmer Events Center, also in Austin; Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City; Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas; Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta; Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco; Vancouver Convention Center; Virginia Beach Convention Center; and Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C. Download the full report here.