Better BuildingsReducing operational and event-driven environmental impact through energy and water conservation, waste diversion, food donations and more.
Better CommunityThe health of our business and the health of the surrounding community are intrinsically tied through our work with various humanitarian organizations.
Better PartnersPartnering with Peach State institutions of higher learning to build the next generation of leaders.
Mission In Action
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)Minimizing the environmental impacts of operations and events hosted on campus is the GWCCA’s primary focus.
Georgia World Congress CenterLargest LEED Gold certified convention center in the world.
Mercedes-Benz StadiumFirst LEED Platinum certified professional sports stadium in North America.
Savannah Convention CenterFirst LEED Gold certified convention center in Georgia.
Energy and WaterGWCCA is an industry leader in resource conservation and renewable energy.
Energy Savings Performance ContractConserving energy, saving money, equipment upgrades and a creative financing solution are all part of GWCCA’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contract with Trane. It is the largest such stand-alone project in Georgia, and also the largest in the country for public assembly venues.
40%savings in energy and water for GWCCA with performance contract.
4000+solar panels on the GWCCA campus.
$2,347,901total cost savings during the second year of performance contract with Trane exceeded the guaranteed savings by $242,101.
20,356,000gallons of water saved, approximately double the amount of water that the Georgia Aquarium holds.
Food and BeverageGWCCA composts, donates unused meals, sources sustainable food and has its own honey-producing beehives.
98,769pounds of food donated by GWCCA in 2019.
27,600+meals donated to 14 Atlanta non-profits after Super Bowl LIII.
98meeting rooms outfitted with water bottle filling stations in order to reduce single-use plastic containers.
300+meals provided and served to the Atlanta Mission by GWCCA food services and team members in fiscal 19.
pounds of honey culled from first harvest of our three on-campus beehives.
Team Member EngagementGWCCA has a culture of stewardship that includes serving the surrounding community.
VolunteeringVolunteerism is a two-way street for the Authority. Our team members volunteer their time and talents on behalf of several local organizations that focus on basic needs, shelter, education and environment. Additionally GWCCA offers periodic opportunities for other groups to volunteer on our campus.
In-kind SupportOur commitment to building a better community is a continuous pursuit. In fiscal year 2019, the Authority formed a new partnership with the American Red Cross to host on-campus blood drives in the wake of Hurricane Michael that ravaged South Georgia. In addition to participating in local literacy programs, team members also donated more than 500 books to local elementary schools.
Thought LeadershipRecognized as an industry leader, the Authority has leadership expertise representing various disciplines, from event and sports management to public safety, law enforcement and sustainability. GWCCA leaders are active participants in panel discussions and industry forums, and serve as guest speakers and presenters. We’re honored to share our insights and specialized knowledge in academic or business settings.
Alternative TransportationGetting to the GWCCA campus is a snap via rail, bus, rideshare, bike or on foot.
Waste DiversionWe work closely with internal and external partners to reduce the amount of material resources sent to landfills.
My Authority Life: Melanie Vaughn
70,000pounds of materials donated to local non-profits following Super Bowl in February 2019
PartnershipsGWCCA forms strategic community partnerships that mutually enhance the quality of life for all Georgians.
Basic NeedsWe work to ensure all Georgians have access to food, water, clothing and clean air.
As a campus focused on emergency preparedness, we work with the Red Cross for disaster response and blood services.
GWCCA actively supports the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s mission to build a healthier, stronger community free of hunger by donating excess food and team members’ time to support critical needs.
Using blockchain technology, Goodr helps serve our business and the community by coordinating the logistics of excess food donations.
Arts and EducationWe partner with local school districts as well as colleges and universities to foster learning and leadership development.
GWCCA team members have given their time to promote literacy to metro Atlanta elementary students for nearly a decade.
Partnering with the university’s School of Hospitality Administration, GSU and GWCCA have combined to create the first dedicated university classroom located in a major convention center.
With JA Georgia’s headquarters located inside GWCC’s Building C, we actively work to support their mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
From commemorating the history of the Georgia Dome to redesigning the Authority team member cafeteria, each year a new class of SCAD students tackle an opportunity to integrate creative and innovative ideas within the GWCCA business.
ShelterWe support organizations that administer to the homeless, and believe in affordable housing for all Georgians.
A campus neighbor of the Authority, the Atlanta Mission is dedicated to ending homelessness. GWCCA works closely with the organization to provide much needed items, services, and training.
EnvironmentReducing the Authority’s environmental impact, we implement the latest innovations in conserving energy and water and diverting waste.
In the NewsSee GWCCA's sustainability and CSR successes highlighted by various media outlets.
(Atlanta Business Chronicle) –
The Georgia World Congress Center is the largest LEED Gold-certified convention center in the world. It is among six other LEED-certified event venues in Atlanta.
In November, the Georgia World Congress Center will welcome Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the largest convention in the world dedicated to green building.
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution) –
Tim Trefzer, corporate social responsibility manager for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, has been working with Goodr for about a year. For many years, the authority has donated packaged and nonperishable food through its exclusive food service provider.
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sunday’s U.S. Super Bowl will score on the clean energy front, with an environmental group and a beer maker for the first time offering to offset greenhouse gas emissions linked to fans’ travel and the host city of Atlanta, organizers said.
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No one knows whether Tom Brady will get his sixth championship ring this weekend or Jared Goff will get his first, but one thing is certain: Both starting quarterbacks, along with the more than a million people traveling to Atlanta for the Super Bowl, will use the bathroom.
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From a sustainability perspective, Atlanta has a leg up on other host cities since the game will be played inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the first LEED Platinum professional sports stadium in North America.
AwardsDon’t simply take our word for it, numerous third party awards recognize GWCCA's sustainability and CSR program.
Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge
2016Waste Diversion Award
2017GWCC Top Performer for Water Conservation; COP Top Performer for Water Conservation
2018GWCC Top Performer for Energy Conservation
VoluntourismAtlanta offers a variety of opportunities for your event or attendees to make a positive impact in our communities. Select an area of interest below for more details on local organizations.
Areas of Interest
Arts + Culture
Health + Wellness
Hunger + Homelessness
Youth + Family Services