by Andrea Doyle | April 22, 2019

The Atlantic City Convention Center has been awarded Gold certification by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. "Achieving LEED certification is a market differentiator that will position the ACCC in a leading group of venues across the country that value sustainability and its positive impact on the visitor experience, environment and financial returns," said Jim Wood, president and CEO for Meet AC. "The certification will be an important talking point when vying for new business at the convention center." 

Over the past year, strategies that helped improve the center's environmental performance included LED lighting retrofits, restroom renovations that included the installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, and the start of a robust center-wide recycling program.

"The Atlantic City Convention Center's LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership," said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of the USGBC. "The center serves as a prime example of how the work of innovative building projects can use local solutions to make a global impact on the environment."

The center has successfully reduced energy consumption every year since the building opened in 1997, with the help of its green team that is focused on energy efficiency, recycling, water usage, client communication and composting. The largest single roof-mounted solar array was installed on top of the facility in 2009, and more than 2.9 million kWh of electricity were produced last year, the equivalent of powering 250 homes for one year. This solar generation equated to roughly 13 percent of the building's total energy for the year.

Among the center's energy-efficient achievements:

• New LED lighting that offers more illumination while using less electricity throughout the center's 486,600 square feet of exhibition space helped reduce the lighting load by almost 63 percent;
• The use of low-flush valves in the venue's 32 restrooms helped reduce water usage by 20 percent, and
• More than 158.2 tons of recycled materials were diverted from landfills in 2018.

"Strong energy performance made LEED Gold certification achievable," noted Josh Berengut of Breea, LEED consultant for Spectra, the provider of venue management and food services and hospitality to the ACCC. "By closely aligning HVAC and lighting operations with event schedules, the engineering and electrical teams have significantly reduced the facility's carbon footprint and operating costs."