The Convention Center has successfully earned LEED® recertification, maintaining its LEED for Existing Buildings Gold status. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the foremost program for buildings that support improved environmental and human health performance.
Owned by Broward County and managed by SMG, the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center was the first convention and meeting facility in Florida and the third in the nation to earn LEED Gold. The Convention Center’s initial certification in 2012 and its recertification in 2018 were a result of the extensive collaboration between Broward County and SMG. The two have been partners in the operation of the LEED Convention Center for more than 25 years.
Green initiatives at our conference facilities include: water conservation through low-flow plumbing fixtures that reduce water consumption; landscaping consisting of native, drought-resistant plants and an efficient micro-drip system, which provides precise irrigation and prevents over-watering; energy-efficient lighting that reduces heat and conserves energy; upgraded air-handling and ventilation systems that enhance indoor air quality and use less power; and temperature and lighting controls that regulate energy usage.
Additionally, recycling at our conference venue increased from 8 percent in 2009 to 78 percent in 2017. Its food and beverage department, SAVOR Fort Lauderdale, practices energy-efficient food preparation and purchases locally grown ingredients when possible. Leftover food is donated to local food banks and all organic waste is disposed of in an Eco-Safe® Digester, resulting in almost no organic waste in landfills.
“Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC. "Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, SMG demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.”
The premier event, set for September 25-27, 2019 at the Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, brings together more than 500 Florida CPAs from around the state and vendors that offer real-world business solutions.
The City of Fort Lauderdale has declared a state of emergency due to a water main break near the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. The water supply to the city has been shut off for repair, affecting the Broward County Convention Center. It is estimated to take 24-hours to restore the water main line.
After welcoming over 6 million+ guests to the Center over the years, I often think about all the learning, growth and fun that has taken place in our building over the years.