Plan Your Meetings’ Lisa Kraus is reporting from the Green Meeting Industry Council’s 2010 Sustainable Meetings Conference, from Feb. 9-11, which we’re very proud to be sponsoring for the second year in a row.
Here are her notes from day one:
The GMIC Sustainable Meetings Conference kicked off today in the beautiful and green city of Denver. Over 200 worldwide attendees were welcomed at the airport with a huge GMIC banner. I am proud to be involved with so many industry professionals who have traveled so far to be here (including Dublin, Ireland; Alberta, Canada, and Taipei, Taiwan, to name a few).
Today we had the amazing opportunity to take a guided tour through Denver’s EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) building. The 9-story building was built in 2007 by combining two L-shaped buildings into a square; and has received the Gold level LEED certification recognition.
Some of the design features of the EPA building include: an under-floor air delivery system; daylight dimming, controlled by natural sunlight into the building; a three-terraced, 20,000-square-foot green roof, which minimizes heat island effects, absorbs carbon dioxide, and contributes to an estimated 26.7% reduction in stormwater runoff; and 48 grid tied solar panels. In addition to the 9-story atrium, topped off with sails to alleviate glare and control daylight heat, the interior design of flooring, doors, walls, and office desks and chairs are made from recycled materials such as plastic bottles, tires, and cork. This division of the EPA serves Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
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