Greenbuild just released its 2019 Sustainability Report. For those of you not familiar with Greenbuild, it is the world’s largest conference and expo for the green building industry. The report summarizes the environmental impact of the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo that was held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center. One of the goals for Greenbuild in 2019 was to move it toward a Zero Waste Event. For the third year in a row Greenbuild achieved TRUE Zero Waste Platinum certification, which is awarded to tradeshows with a TRUE waste diversion rate of 90 percent or higher. Waste reduction is prioritized in TRUE because it reduces the need to extract virgin resources from the environment in the first place. It also reduces all the other impacts in the supply chain such as transportation and production. Thus, a reduction has the most benefit to the environment over reuse, recycling, and compost. The Greenbuild 2019 “traditional diversion rate” (the percentage of waste that was composted, recycled, or donated) was 82 percent, but when reduction and reuse were factored in, that rate jumped to 91 percent thanks in large part to Freeman’s expo hall carpet reuse program, reduction in quantity of printed expo guides, and reduction in leftover partner publications.
The following are some additional highlights from Greenbuild:
- 100 percent compostable service ware was used.
- There was a 64 percent reduction in the water footprint of the event.
- Eighty-five percent of the carpet was made of 25 percent recycled material.
- All of the carbon emissions related to travel to the event was offset.
- Greenbuild is one of the first events and exhibitions to receive the Events Industry Council Sustainable Event Standards Platinum level certification in the category for Event Organizers.
To access the 2019 Sustainability Report, click here.
This year’s Greenbuild will be held November 4 to 7 at the LEED Gold San Diego Convention Center.