The Kentucky International Convention Center has earned LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, joining the ranks of a growing number of sustainable convention centers across the country.
The recognition comes two years after the venue, located in downtown Louisville, Ky., completed a $207 million renovation and expansion. A handful of energy efficient and sustainable features were added as part of the upgrades, including LED and occupancy sensor lighting. Low-flow plumbing fixtures were installed throughout the building, which helped reduce total water usage by 32 percent. In addition, the renovations were designed using whole-building energy simulation modeling, which resulted in energy cost savings of 24 percent, with 85 percent of construction waste diverted from landfills to recycling.
Food-and-beverage changes were also implemented. The Kentucky International Convention Center now partners with the restaurant and hospitality company Levy Restaurants to reduce food waste through local donations and composting. Twenty-five water filling stations have been added throughout the facility to reduce the need for disposable water bottles.
"When we rebuilt the Kentucky International Convention Center, it was important to be good stewards of our resources," said David S. Beck, president and CEO of Kentucky Venues, in a statement. "We wanted to build a facility that wasn't just aesthetically appealing, but sustainable for the future."