How green are your events?
The second annual Green Venue Survey and Report attempts to answer that question by providing an overview of convention center performance and identifying best practices. It’s the work of the aptly named Green Venue Report, a group of event industry professionals committed to advancing venue sustainability.
The 2015 report, released today, encapsulates answers to 158 questions on venue space, events, energy, waste, water, accessibility, F&B, staff involvement and communications. Thirty convention centers from six countries and four continents completed the online survey, nearly double the report’s inaugural year. This year’s report represents 9,900 events that hosted 37.5 million attendees.
Top 7 best practices for 2015
- 83 percent achieved a sustainability-related certification.
- 80 percent regularly donate excess food to charity.
- 85 percent take part in city-led green programs/initiatives.
- 77 percent have an employee green team or sustainability committee, with an average of 11 members.
- 70 percent have a dedicated sustainability coordinator or manager on staff.
- 87 percent have secure bicycle parking for staff.
- 72 percent can provide a waste diversion report for an event.
Other key findings
- 90 percent of the facilities responding are aggressively seeking certifications, most commonly LEED, ISO 14001, APEX/ASTM and BOMA BESt designations
- Tracking event impact is improving, with 86 percent to 93 percent reporting annual waste, water and/or energy data.
- 76 percent of staff members working as sustainability coordinators or managers have LEED professional designations and/or such academic degrees as certified facility manager (DFM) or a master’s of science in sustainability and environmental science.
- 76 percent use third-party-certified cleaning products.
- Nearly 75 percent of respondents have electric car charging stations for employees and attendees.
- Waste diversion is average, ranking at 52 percent.
- 33 percent are greening their roofs.
- Communication challenges still exist between centers and event organizers, with sustainability discussions happening only 27 percent of the time.
- The industry needs standard metrics and calculation methods.
Convention centers in 18 U.S. cities responded to the survey, facilities (sometimes more than one) in Anaheim, Calif.; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Denver; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Las Vegas; Nashville, Tenn.; New York; Orlando, Fla.; Pittsburgh; Portland, Ore.; Salt Lake City; San Diego; San Francisco; San Jose, Calif.; Virginia Beach, Va.; and Washington, D.C.
Centers in seven international destinations took part: Amsterdam; Edmonton; Alberta; Macau, China; Mississauga, Ontario; Nairobi, Kenya; Singapore; Toronto; and Zhengzhou, China.
To download a copy of the complete report, go HERE.