Greenbuild Sustainability Report Released for 2014 Show
Dallas, TX, July 31, 2015—The
2014 Greenbuild Sustainability Report, highlighting valuable metrics and key
benchmarks regarding the impact on energy use and waste management at the 2014
Greenbuild International Conference and Expo held last fall in New Orleans, has
been released by Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate and the
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The comprehensive report
details the sustainability programs implemented in 2014 through a review of all
objectives, goals and best practices. Case studies provide detailed overviews
of the processes used to implement new projects, including exhibitor engagement
and a redesigned process for sourcing materials and resources required for the
event in a responsible manner. The report can be accessed online at greenbuildexpo.com.
The report shares the
progress of seven sustainability objectives at Greenbuild, including the
Waste: Informa Exhibitions and USGBC worked with the Morial
Convention Center and the New Orleans Superdome to alter their waste management
strategies resulting in an overall 71.5% diversion rate.
Engagement: The event provided
information to attendees, exhibitors and volunteers that encouraged
participation in Greenbuild’s sustainability programs. While this is a priority
every year, 2014 included more in-depth vendor collaboration, established the
Greenbuild team as an industry resource for our hotel partners and continued
sustainability education for attendees onsite as well as a feedback forum for
Sourcing: In 2014, 97% of the food
served at the Greenbuild Celebration was local, exceeding the 2014 goal by 17%.
New birchwood hotel key cards were introduced and t-shirts sold on site and
given to volunteers were made from domestic and, in some cases, organic cotton.
Tracking: Again leveraging vendor
partnerships, Informa and USGBC collected post-show sustainability impact
reports from 81% of hotel partners and improved metrics in attendee
registration to more accurately calculate our carbon footprint.
Emissions: Greenbuild was proud to
showcase the first ever Net Zero Zone, a 1,500 square-foot exhibit space on the
show floor that was fully powered by on-site, alternative energy generation and
distribution. Greenbuild 2014 also became the largest U.S. conference ever to
become Green-e certified for its carbon offsets.
Community Impact: The Greenbuild LivingHome, designed and developed by
LivingHomes and in partnership with the Make It Right Foundation, was featured
in the expo hall during Greenbuild and was permanently placed for occupancy in
the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans following the conference.
Greenbuild also provided both YouthBuild and Make It Right with complimentary
expo space and an opportunity to get exposure within the green building
Hospitality Industry: USGBC and Informa continued to establish themselves
as leaders within the hospitality and event planning community by engaging
meaningfully with all event partners and stakeholders and encouraging
Greenbuild best practices to be used at other events.