Greenbuild shines green light on GWCCA’s green campus

The exterior of Mercedes-Benz Stadium was bathed in green light Thursday (Nov. 21) night, while inside the venue Atlanta-based rockers Collective Soul headlined the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo’s Greenbuild Celebration. The first professional sports stadium in the U.S. to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum status, it was a fitting site … Read More

Kent Kimes November 22,2019

GWCCA’s new hillside urban garden connects and protects pollinators

Campus Horticulturalist Steve Ware has to fight his basic landscaping instincts when it comes to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) new urban pocket garden. Installed on a steep grade off of Ivan Allen Jr., Blvd. in an area known affectionally as “Goat Hill,” Ware’s latest campus horticulture venture is designed to sustain native … Read More

Kent Kimes November 1,2019

Imagine a day without water on the GWCCA campus?

H20 doesn’t necessarily come to mind when you think about the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) sprawling 220-acre downtown Atlanta campus. Yet, water plays an important day-to-day role, from operations to aesthetics to the guest experience. For instance, what would Centennial Olympic Park be without its iconic Fountain of Rings which provides hours of … Read More

Kent Kimes October 23,2019

GWCCA recycling and waste diversion: One event’s trash is another organization’s treasure

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) downtown Atlanta campus hosts hundreds of events each year. From top trade shows and conventions to major sporting events to outdoor music festivals, the GWCCA hosts it all. But what happens to the trash after these mega-events end? Many people don’t think about this. To put on a sizeable trade … Read More

Melanie Vaughn October 10,2019

National Indoor Plant Week: Meet the GWCCA’s Plant Lady

Around the corridors, office spaces and massive concourses inside the facilities that make up the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) downtown Atlanta complex, Mashid Irvani is widely known as “The Plant Lady.” Irvani, an interior plant specialist for The Garden Design Group, is, in fact, THE Plant Lady, by trade and in spirit. In … Read More

Kent Kimes September 20,2019

Smart City Expo: Making sustainability sexy and measurable

Waste diversion. Carbon footprint. Net positive. Circular economy. Materiality matrix. Sustainability in the public arena isn’t just a bunch of buzzwords, it’s sound business practices, smart marketing and making our cities better places to live. And organizations – especially government agencies – need to shout from the rooftops about their measurable sustainability initiatives in easily-relatable … Read More

Kent Kimes September 13,2019

Tuesday Talk: Atlanta’s championship campus gets greener

Tuesday Talk rounds up the latest Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) news you might have missed and also points forward to upcoming events on our campus. Last week the GWCCA’s good neighbor, State Farm Arena, took its sustainability game to a new level, making the country’s greenest concentration of public assembly venues and attractions … Read More

Kent Kimes June 18,2019

Give blood: GWCCA efforts support American Red Cross

Every 8 minutes the American Red Cross (ARC) responds to someone in crisis. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, home fires, flooding, and other natural disasters can strike at any time, in any place in the world. In the last two weeks alone, dangerous storms have wreaked havoc from the Midwest to the Northeast, resulting in at … Read More

Jennifer Tinker May 29,2019

Super Bowl Sustainability: Atlanta passes symbolic Golden Shovel to Miami

Atlanta has officially sent the National Football League (NFL) packing for Miami after hosting a successful Super Bowl LIII. While the majority of football-related events wrapped up in February, the Golden Shovel Ceremony didn’t take place until May 9. Each year, the NFL’s Environmental Program leaders, Jack Groh and Susan Groh, ceremonially transition to the … Read More

Tim Trefzer May 22,2019

Earth Day Challenge: Planners needed to move green meetings needle

As we celebrate Earth Day today, it’s probably not a surprise that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) once deemed the convention industry more wasteful than all but one other industry. As a result, many convention centers have placed environmental responsibility at the forefront of operations. When I began at the Georgia World Congress Center … Read More

Tim Trefzer April 22,2019

Bee Downtown CEO: Sustainability is GWCCA’s “Beesness”

Every once in a while, you meet someone that “gets it.” Someone that truly gets the importance of using business as a force for environmental good. Last year I was working to expand my North Carolina-based business Bee Downtown with our first forrays into Atlanta. At Bee Downtown we install and maintain beehives on corporate … Read More

Leigh-Kathryn Bonner March 28,2019

Super Bowl LIII’s super sustainability

The week of Jan. 13-19 was unofficially “green week” for Atlanta’s Super Bowl LIII sustainability activities, part of the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee’s Legacy 53 initiative. On both Jan. 15 and Jan. 19, two of the final urban forestry projects were completed. The first, located at the Salvation Army Bellwood Boys and Girls Club … Read More

Tim Trefzer January 27,2019

Centennial Olympic Park plants majestic holiday tree

Despite the week’s cold and wet weather, Centennial Olympic Park has planted a new beacon of holiday cheer that should last throughout the year – and many more to come. Towering more than 30 feet high, and weighing in at 30,000 pounds (soaking wet), a deodar cedar imported from South Carolina found its new home … Read More

Kent Kimes November 15,2018

GWCCA leading the South in hospitality and sustainability

Sustainability and the hospitality industry haven’t always gone hand-in-hand. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deemed the convention industry the second most wasteful industry behind only building and construction. This was attributed to the carbon footprint resulting from the sheer amount of air travel, electricity, and food … Read More

Tim Trefzer October 29,2018

First-year results show GWCCA energy savings project a sustainability success

A little more than a year into a 17-year guaranteed energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with global heating and cooling company Trane, the 220-acre Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) campus has reduced utility costs by 43 percent compared to a 2013 baseline. The first-year results show enough electricity was saved to power approximately 2,300 … Read More

Tim Trefzer October 10,2018
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