by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 06, 2013

The Irving (Texas) Convention Center at Las Colinas project has become the fifth convention center in the country to achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The facility earned the recognition for its energy use, lighting systems, water and material use, and for following a variety of other sustainable practices. For instance, in 2012, the center diverted of 47,810 pounds of cardboard and 20,460 pounds of mixed recyclables, equivalent to about 131,000 20-ounce plastic bottles. The 275,000-square-foot facility, which opened in 2011, offers a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 20,000-square-foot ballroom and 20 breakout rooms.