The Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center, an SMG managed facility, is showing its commitment to preservation of the environment, reduction of costs and health and well-being of our employees and customers by hiring Sustainable Options, LLC, Green Building Consultants, to register our facility with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) under its “Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings certification.
Through this LEED EBOM Certification Process (LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN EXISITNG BUILDING OPERATION & MAINTENANCE) THE GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE BROWARD COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER (BCCC) has instituted sustainable practices that will become the cornerstone of its operation and planning of “green” meetings and events that will ensure long-term benefit to its customers, partners and the community.
- Wood pallets
- Plastic bottles
- Clear sheet plastic
- Carpet & Padding
- Plastic table cloth
- Shrink wrap
- Tin and Wood
- Magazines and newspapers
- Landscaping debris
Supporting renewable energy by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for off-site renewable wind energy systems. Through this program, the facility is “100% carbon neutral”. Our commitment has a similar impact to plating of 85,276 matures trees, OR not driving 21,145,089 miles over two year period.
- Conducing an independent, third-party Energy Audit of the entire building to see where energy can be saved.
- Retrofit of existing lighting with new energy-efficient lighting.
- Use of Building Automation System for temperature and lighting control, and utilization of natural daylight in most of our pre-function areas.
- Lower lighting levels during event set up and ear down and implementation of conservative lighting schedules during non-events hours.
- Installation of water-saving devices toilets, urinals and faucets in all restrooms.
- Installation of zero-bleed system of treatment for cooling towers which reduces water consumption approx. 65% (savings in water and sewage charges and water lost).
- Upgrade existing landscaping design by making better landscaping choices more suitable to the South Florida climate and sustainability.
- Utilizing indigenous plants that will be hardy and require less water.
- Minimizing the amount of areas covered with conventional turf grass.
- Using techniques such as xeriscaping, which will conserve water and foster optimal soil conditions for the sustainability of our landscaping.
- Installing and maintaining high-efficiency irrigation of micro or drip irrigation systems which will apply water directly to the roots of plants, using 30% to 50% less water than conventional sprinkler irrigation.
- Staff commitment to energy conservation and sustainability by recycling within their departments
- Providing recycle stations throughout the building for paper, plastic, glass and cans.
- Ensuring that our staff is trained to keep recyclable and reusable items separate from garbage.
- Use of environmentally-friendly cleaning products and paper towel and tissue made from 100% recycled material.
- Reduction of paper usage by using the web and email to send client documentation and print documents double-sided.
- Reduction of Pesticides and herbicides.
- Using low-fume emitting paints.
Food and Beverage
- Donating unused, pre-consumer meals to the local Daily Bread Food Bank.
- Establishing a policy to purchase more environmentally-friendly products, including paper and plastics.
- Using reusable linens, dishes and cutlery.
- Resetting dishwasher rinse temperature at 180 degrees and eliminating use of rinse chemicals
- Wherever possible, purchasing food and beverages that are produced locally (within a 100-mile radius of the facility) or products that are labeled USDA Certified, Organic, Food Alliance Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified, Protected Harvest Certified, Fair Trade, or Main Stewardship Council’s Blue Eco-Label.