The Georgia World Congress Center Authority is committed to environmental and social responsibility and has established itself as a leader earning the distinction as the world’s largest LEED certified convention center. This prestigious certification was awarded during Fiscal Year 2015 by the U.S. Green Building Council, and is partly the result of having one of the industry’s first on-site sustainability professionals to provide a dedicated focus for our sustainability initiatives. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system for the design, operations, and maintenance of green buildings. At 3.9 million square feet, the Georgia World Congress Center is also one of the 15 largest LEED certified buildings in the world. We encourage our partners, employees, and contractors to review our Sustainable Purchasing Policy and Solid Waste Management Policy provide documentation on purchases and waste streams when requested.
GWCCA is a sponsor of the Green Meetings Industry Council, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Sports Alliance, and is a participant is the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge. Its convention center is approximately 27 percent more energy efficient than buildings of similar size and characteristics. With convenient access to public transportation, EV charging stations that can charge 26 vehicles at once, and employee incentives, transportation-related air quality issues associated with commutes have been reduced 47 percent by team members.
Highlights from Fiscal Year 2016
- GWCC received the U.S. Green Building Council of Georgia Leadership Award and the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge’s Waste Diversion Award
- Created the MARSH (Materials and Recyclables to be Sustainably Handled), a central location on the GWCCA campus for collecting materials to be diverted from landfills
- Held Earth Month and Earth Day activities, including a clean-up effort in the Westside in conjunction with Atlanta City Council, as well as with Sweetwater 420 Festival’s efforts
- Hosted a Greener Cleaning Workshop in conjunction with the Green Sports Alliance
- Spoke to groups from Georgia Tech, University of Florida, Kennesaw State University, Technology Association of Georgia, International Association of Venue Managers, Spelman College, Georgia State University, and the Green Chamber of the South on the active sustainability efforts taking place on campus
- More than 1,000 tons of material from GWCCA campus was diverted from landfills in FY16, representing nearly 30% of the overall waste stream.