Philadelphia is renowned as a destination for green meetings. And the Pennsylvania Convention Center is an important part of the city’s commercial and cultural landscape, bringing visitors and convention attendees to the city from all parts of the world for conferences, exhibitions and other events.
As the Convention Center expands, so do its ambitious green initiatives that address air quality, waste minimization, energy efficiency and water conservation and procurement. These efforts resulted in the facility earning LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Green Team Launched in 2016
As a continuation of the ongoing efforts outlined below, the SMG-managed Pennsylvania Convention Center started a Green Team in June 2016. The team, comprised of Convention Center employees, works to continue and expand on the facility’s existing core of sustainability programs that have already resulted in greater energy efficiency and savings for the leading event and meeting venue in the region.
Low Environmental Impact Cleaning Policy
The PCC uses cleaning chemicals that are green-seal certified and equipment that helps to contribute to the United States Green Building Council leadership in energy and environmental design program for existing buildings rating system. This policy reduces the exposure of building occupants to potentially hazardous chemical, biological and particulate contaminants. Fewer materials are being used overall, and the equipment designed to remove pollutants uses less chemicals and reduces water usage.
The PCC recycles paper, aluminum, glass bottles and jars, plastic containers and metal. Cardboard is compacted and recycled from the exhibitions show floor. Containers for recyclables are placed throughout the building. The PCC will soon be working with a single-stream recyclery, Allied Waste, that is on the verge of completing and operating one of the most technologically advanced single stream recycling facilities in the country. A waste report can be provided at the end of the event outlining the different waste streams generated and disposed of for future references on how they have contributed to helping the environment. In fiscal year 2007, the PCC recycled 189 tons of waste helping to reduce the impact on the environment.
Restroom paper products are made from recycled products. Hand soap and cleaning products are green-seal certified. Automatic dispensers for water, soap and paper products save on waste consumption. Automatic lighting reduces energy costs.
The exclusive food and beverage provider at the Pennsylvania Convention Center contributes, too:
The Pennsylvania Convention Center is conveniently located in the heart of Center City and is easily reached by a train that picks up at all the terminals at the Philadelphia International Airport. Trains and buses from 30th Street Station, a major Amtrak hub, go directly to the Convention Center.
The City of Philadelphia has more than 10,000 hotel rooms within a 15-minute walk of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Philadelphia is very pedestrian friendly: it’s built on a grid structure and is only three miles in width from river to river, reducing busing for conventions saving energy and money.
Easy-to-read walking maps are available to show attendees on how to get from specific area hotels to the Convention Center.