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The Greening of Meetings: Event Venues Get Sustainable

Pittsburgh's LEED-Gold–certified David L. Lawrence Convention Center was involved in a survey of event venues regarding sustainability practices such as energy benchmarking, emissions monitoring, and composting.

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With this in mind, evolveEA, the Heinz Endowments, and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh conducted a survey of convention centers to better understand how they are addressing the demand for greener venues. Looking at convention centers’ business models, “Event Venue Benchmarking” identifies key market drivers and industry best practices (such as energy benchmarking, monitoring greenhouse gas emissions, and sustainable purchasing), as well as opportunities for improvement.

For example, the waste stream at convention centers can be particularly large, and while all facilities surveyed claimed to recycle to some extent, waste varied by facility from under two to more than eight pounds per visitor. While a given facility recycled a higher percentage of its waste, another produced less waste per visitor to begin with by choices made in purchasing. To learn more, visit


Published February 28, 2012

Weaver, E. (2012, February 28). The Greening of Meetings: Event Venues Get Sustainable. Retrieved from

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