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Georgia World Congress Center FY13 Sustainability Highlights

At the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), we strive to continually improve our operational efficiencies and preservation of resources by working with our internal and external partners and clients. The following items are highlights from FY13, including information about the Georgia World Congress Center Authority campus as a whole – comprised of the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome, and Centennial Olympic Park.

In FY13, the Georgia World Congress Center:

  • Increased amount of single-stream recycling collected and diverted from landfills by 12% over FY12
  • Improved waste diversion signage in loading docks and on metal cages used to collect materials in the exhibit halls
  • Partnered with Sterling Planet to offer clients the opportunity to offset the electrical consumption of their events with renewable energy credits and to offset the carbon associated with attendee travel
  • Hosted sustainability-related events such as the Historic Green Preservation Conference, U.S. Green Building Council’s High Performing Healthy Schools Summit, and the EPA’s Brownfields Conference
  • Continued to improve efficiencies in an effort to achieve LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certification
  • Collected over 560 tons of material for diversion from the landfill
    • Single-stream recycling: 190.874 tons
    • Compost: 167.009 tons (July – November only)
    • Cardboard baled: 65.527 tons
    • Food donated: 37.894 tons
    • Reused and recycled grease: 11.4 tons
    • Pallets: 20.298 tons
    • Durable goods (GovDeals, donated materials, etc.): 14.257 tons
    • Metal: 50.27 tons
    • Wire: 0.957 tons
    • C&D: 1.84 tons
    • Total diverted: 560.326 tons
    • Average waste diverted: 18.118%
In FY13, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority campus:
  • Diverted over 768 tons of material from landfills, 18.38% of our waste stream
  • Participated in Earth Hour for a third straight year in March
  • 20 Authority employees collected 26 bags of trash and recyclables from along Northside Drive as part of the 2nd Annual Downtown Atlanta Earth Day Clean Up Challenge
  • Participated in the Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable panel discussion “Sustainable Hospitality and Economic Development”, presented on the panel “Access, Educate, Evaluate” at the Georgia Recycling Coalition’s annual conference, and sat on the Green Meeting Industry Council of Atlanta’s panel “Incorporating Sustainability into Large Events”
  • Hosted the NCAA Men’s Final Four and contributed a number of initiatives and practices to help make it the greenest event in its history (LINK TO SUSTAINABILITY REPORT)
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