When you think of green meeting destinations, what cities spring to mind? San Francisco? Portland, Ore.? Atlanta? If Atlanta doesn’t, it should. Here’s why:
- Atlanta has the world’s largest LEED-certified convention center, the Georgia World Congress Center.
- The first chapter of the global Green Meeting Industry Council incorporated in Atlanta in 2009.
- The city’s focus on clean energy generation, building green and investing in energy efficiency earned it one of the Top 20 spots on the 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index.
Making Atlanta one of the most eco-friendly cities in America is the Atlanta chapter of GMIC’s audacious goal for 2015. GMIC representatives convened leaders from local government, media, the meetings industry, convention centers and attractions in November to focus on what they can achieve before GMIC’s global Sustainable Meetings Conference in Atlanta in June.
The ultimate goal is to create a citywide sustainability policy like Philadelphia and San Francisco have and to dramatically reduce the municipality’s carbon footprint, making it a net-zero waste community.