Greenbuild Releases 2015 Sustainability Report

Apr 08, 2016 - Dallas, Texas


Overall waste diversion rate of 84 percent and 70 percent regional food sourcing among highlights for hometown event in Washington, D.C. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

The comprehensive report details the sustainability programs implemented in 2015 through a review of all objectives, goals and best practices. Case studies provide detailed overviews of sustainability strategies and initiatives including attendee and stakeholder engagement, attendee wellness, waste diversion calculation and more. The report can be accessed online at

“Sustainability is the heart and sof Greenbuild and we are committed to leading the industry in environmentally responsible management in the planning, operations and execution of Greenbuild,” stated Lindsay Roberts, Greenbuild show director, Informa. “With the release of this report, we celebrate our victories and look forward to opportunities to make an even greater impact at Greenbuild 2016.”

“The Greenbuild Sustainability Report showcases the hard work and dedication we bring to our efforts to reduce waste and energy use, address our carbon footprint and engage our many stakeholders leading up to and during Greenbuild,” said Kate Hurst, vice president, community advancement, conferences and events of USGBC. "As we hosted Greenbuild for the first time ever in our hometown, Washington, D.C., we were proud to leave a legacy of collective accomplishment behind. Greenbuild is a time for our entire community and industry to come together around our ideals, to demonstrate our commitment to the cause of green building for all within this generation, and to inspire others to acknowledge that even small changes in behavior can have a significant and meaningful impact when undertaken collaboratively.”

“It was such an honor to host Greenbuild 2015 in the U.S. Green Building Council’s hometown at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and to partner with them on taking their robust sustainability efforts even higher,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC, which owns and operates the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. “Events DC sustains a strong commitment to sustainability efforts and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center remains at the forefront of implementing environmentally-friendly initiatives to help reduce our carbon footprint.  We applaud Greenbuild on their continued steps in making a greater impact on the health and wellbeing of our environment for years to come.”

The report shares the progress of seven sustainability objectives at Greenbuild, including the following highlights:

The report shares the progress of seven sustainability objectives at Greenbuild, including the following highlights:

  • Waste Management: Informa Exhibitions, USGBC, Aramark, Centerplate/NBSE, Freeman and local haulers worked together to optimize waste management strategies resulting in an overall 84 percent diversion rate. This was a 52 percent increase over the convention center’s baseline diversion rate. These efforts included recycling and composting in kitchen areas, adding additional waste streams, upgraded recycling/compost stations with improved signage in public areas,
  • Stakeholder Engagement: New in 2015 was an interactive greening wall which allowed attendees to learn more about specific sustainability initiatives. The display was an LCD, ENERGY STAR certified touchscreen located next to a mini green wall. The Greenbuild team engages its vendors in a 3-phase sustainability planning process in the year leading up to the show in order to set and meet conference sustainability goals.
  • Sustainable Sourcing: Thanks to the efforts of the Centerplate Team at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 33 percent of the food served at the convention center was sourced locally (within 100 miles) and 70 percent of the food was sourced regionally (within 500 miles).
  • Performance Tracking: USGBC and Informa collected post show sustainability reports from vendors and partners and improved information collection in attendee registration to more accurately calculate our carbon footprint.
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions: For the second year, Greenbuild showcased the “Net Zero Zone”— a 3,200 square foot pavilion powered by solar panels, installed on-site at the Washington Convention Center. In partnership with TerraPass, the following projects were supported by Greenbuild’s carbon offset purchase: New Beulah Landfill (Dorchester County, MD) and The Big Smile Wind Farm at Dempsey Ridge (Roger Mills and Beckham Counties, OK).
  • Community Impact: The 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project, led by USGBC-NCR and the Greenbuild Host Committee, was an Urban Food Studio at the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB). The CAFB provides food assistance to one out of every twelve individuals living in Virginia, Maryland and D.C., distributing 42 million pounds of food per year. The multi-purpose Studio will provide an all-season space for cooking, gardening and workshops. The structure uses recycled materials and features a water collection system and solar harvesting.
  • Hospitality Industry: This year, Greenbuild hosted a “Greenbuild Behind the Scenes: Sustainable Event Tour” to showcase the show’s sustainability efforts to hospitality professionals. The 34 attendees included representatives from hotels, national associations, and international conference organizers. Attendees toured a variety of show areas including the back dock sorting area and convention center control rooms. Additionally, 68 percent of the hotels in the Greenbuild room block were GreenLeader certified by TripAdvisor.

Greenbuild, owned and operated by Informa and presented by USGBC, is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The three-day conference attracts 20,000+ attendees and 600 exhibitors annually from across the green building sector, spanning commercial and residential professionals, architects, building owners and operators, students, advocates and educators. This year’s conference takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA on October 5-7.

About Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate

Informa operates at the heart of the Knowledge and Information economy. It is one of the world’s leading business intelligence, knowledge and events businesses with more than 6,000 employees in over 100 offices across 25 countries. The Dallas Exhibitions team produces a portfolio of 14 trade shows in various sectors of the construction and real estate industry. To learn more, visit


About the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

USGBC, the presenter of Greenbuild, is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Events DC

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, deliver premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital.  Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium.  Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. The most recent addition is Gateway DC, an innovative and versatile space featuring a covered and open-air pavilion in the center of a 1-acre park, conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit or find us on social media – Facebook (Events DC), Twitter (@ConventionsDC) and Instagram (@EventsDC). 





Ashley Forrester