Convention centers and destinations are going green at a far faster rate than the events they host. Often, this is due to green policies mandated by their city or state. For example, Houston, Dallas, San Diego and Austin are all within the EPA's "Top 10 local government green power purchasers." But the rise in green facilities also gives rise to green facility claims. At times, it's like the Wild West out there, with green press releases and announcements made daily. Without industry standards, however, who's to say what constitutes "green"? What you consider green may differ dramatically from others.
With this session of the EXPO/Red 7 Media Green Event Summit, held in June in San Francisco, we brought together facility managers from recognized green facilities to determine what we should expect to see on a site inspection of a green facility.
Jeff Blosser, Executive Director, Oregon Convention Center
With nearly 30 years of facility management, Jeff was the Executive Director responsible for obtaining the Oregon Convention Center's LEED certification in 2004. He has served on the International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM) Board of Directors twice, and currently represents the convention and exposition centers as the IAAM representative to the Convention Industry Council.
Bob Sauter, Assistant General Manager, The Moscone Center, San Francisco
Bob spent more than 30 years as a service contractor prior to joining Moscone eight years ago. Bob is a past board member of the Exhibition Services and Contractors Association (ESCA), and is responsible for an active recycling team credited with contributing to several Moscone state and national environmental awards. Bob is also active in local efforts to green neighborhood gardens.
Arlene Campbell, General Manager, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto
In addition to serving as General Manager of Canada's largest exhibition and convention center, Arlene is also General Manager of Sales & Events for Exhibition Place, Canada's largest entertainment venue. She is on the Board of Tourism Toronto, and serves on the IAEE Committee for Environmentally Responsible Exhibitions and Events.