Greenbuild 2016 put green stamp on waste management
The 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center exceeded waste diversion goals for both the U.S. Green Building Council and the meeting venue, according to Associations Now.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo last October kept 90.3 percent of its waste out of the landfill, diverting recyclables and compostable material from the waste stream.
While the Los Angeles Convention Center had a 72 percent waste-diversion rate prior to the conference, USGBC set its sights for Greenbuild’s waste diversion at 85 percent — and its “stretch goal” at 90 percent. The 90.3 percent rate achieved is a record for both LACC the association.
USGBC, LACC and Informa Exhibitions (which operates Greenbuild) worked together to hit this lofty target. They also collaborated with LACC partners, by converting 200 waste bins to compost bins and adding signs on paper towel dispensers in all restrooms encouraging “compost only” disposal. This meant adjusting practices at both “front of house,” where attendees choose to discard or recycle items, and “back of house,” where items are sorted behind the scenes.
To help make this happen, LACC “implemented a three-stream process to collect all compost in the front of house” and “extended our onsite hand-sorting station (the CURB) to our Kentia loading dock,” said Estella Flores, director of facilities and operations at LACC.
Because Greenbuild is a conference dedicated to green building and sustainability, finding ways to make its own practices greener makes sense, officials said.
“Each year, we strive to outperform a facility’s average diversion rate as well as any previous Greenbuild diversion rates,” said USGBC’s VP of Community and Conferences & Events Kate Hurst.
When USGBC begins the waste-planning process, it looks at each convention center’s current operations and baseline diversion rate. “Based on this average rate and past Greenbuild performance, we set a waste diversion goal for the upcoming show as well as a stretch goal to push ourselves,” she said. “Understanding the division of stakeholder roles and responsibilities is key to our success.”
Companies: U.S. Green Building Council