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

New beehives creating a sustainability buzz on GWCCA campus

Today the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) unveiled the organization’s first-ever beehives on our downtown Atlanta campus. Located in the grassy pocket park on the southwest corner of Northside Drive and Boone Boulevard, three new hives were introduced to Authority team members and media amidst activities such as honey tastings, a do-it-yourself pollinator kit … Read More

Tim Trefzer August 17,2018

Food bank donations needed more than ever during summer months

Summer should be a time when children are carefree and enjoy the bounty of the season. Unfortunately, it presents a significant food gap for many when free and reduced meals come to an end with the last day of school. Although many metro Atlanta school districts will be back in session in the coming weeks, … Read More

Jennifer Tinker July 20,2018

Soccer, sustainability and Atlanta’s World Cup bid

***** UPDATE: Today, FIFA chose North America as host of the 2026 World Cup, with Atlanta as a possible site for tournament games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) on the Georgia World Congress Center Authority campus. If MBS hosts games, the adjacent Georgia World Congress Center will house the World Cup media center. *****

Tim Trefzer June 11,2018

GWCCA Corporate Social Responsibility Manager discusses resiliency in the hospitality industry

After years of notoriety, many hospitality ventures have embraced the focus of environmental sustainability. In fact, some are even considered leaders in the movement to combat climate change by engaging stakeholders through education, building certifications, and transparent reporting. With new and unprecedented global volatility and interconnectedness, the marketplace has required a shift to planning for … Read More

Alicia McNease May 14,2018

From doghouses to Habitat houses, Coverings ’18 makes charitable connections at GWCC

Move over Snoopy, you’re not the only pup with a tricked-out doghouse. Charlie Brown’s infamous pooch often decorated the gable roof of his iconic red abode to match the season, and it also served as an imaginary Sopwith Camel fighter plane during Snoopy’s World War I Flying Ace fantasies. But he never had a customized … Read More

Kent Kimes May 10,2018

Reimagined employee cafe reflects Earth Month and GWCCA values

Last week, the Authority held the grand opening of our new team member dining experience, Bridge Point, in an area of the Georgia World Congress Center not seen by the general public. Bridge Point is a project I’ve been involved with for more than two years. Its predecessor, the Getaway Café, had become dated since … Read More

Tim Trefzer April 26,2018

SweetWater 420 Fest and GWCCA make symbiotic Earth Day match

First celebrated 48 years ago this month as a singular occurrence recognizing the health of the natural environment, Earth Day (April 22) has since blossomed into a month-long global campaign around environmental protection and awareness. This year’s theme for Earth Day is plastic pollution prevention. More than six billion tons of plastic is disposed of … Read More

Tim Trefzer April 13,2018

Goats graze GWCCA’s grassy gradient

They’re baaaaaaaaaack! The goats, that is. More than 40 goats and two guard dogs have descended on the Georgia World Congress Center Authority campus to assist with landscaping. Located on the large hill just south of Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard and north of GWCC’s Building B, the goats are baaah-ck for their bi-annual maintenance of … Read More

Tim Trefzer April 6,2018

Counting green cars: GWCCA embraces fuel and vehicle alternatives

As the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) prepares to host the 2018 Atlanta International Auto Show this week (Wednesday, March 21 through Sunday, March 25), a jolt of energy can be expected around the industry’s recent shift toward hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs). Last year, Swedish automaker Volvo announced that by 2019 it will … Read More

Tim Trefzer March 20,2018