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Top 10 Green Locations for Your Next Trade Show

Written by Shane Shirley, appearing on the Trade Show News Network’s web site.

Many convention centers are making huge strides to streamline recycling and reduce water consumption, while an increased emphasis on green construction processes allows a complex to be green throughout. Many factors will help you zero in on the ideal venue for your event, but consider how green a venue itself is before booking.

Here are ten of the top green locations for your next trade show, in no particular order.

Raleigh’s Convention Center boasts Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification, along with an optimized HVAC system and water-reduction measures.

The Los Angeles Convention Center holds a certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

In Pittsburgh, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center features Gold LEED Certification in new construction and Platinum LEED Certification in existing building.


Lawrence Center, Pittsburgh


The Orange County Convention Center is located in Orlando and features LEED and ISO Certification, as well as APEX (Accepted Practices Exchange) / ASTM (An ANSI certified international standard development organization) Certification.

At the Oregon Convention Center, the building features an impressive Platinum LEED Certification and the facility offers extensive waste recycling and recovery programs.


Oregon Convention Center


The Colorado Convention Center has achieved ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows and Conferences (E2774-11) Certification while also utilizing alternate sources of energy and reducing waste and water consumption.

The Phoenix Convention Center boasts a comprehensive recycling program, water and energy efficiency, and a Silver LEED Certification.

In Sacramento, the Convention Center Complex is certified by the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD) in their Green Energy program and they use Green-e certified renewable energy.

The Minneapolis Convention Center was awarded level-one certification for the ASTM standard pertaining to the evaluation and selection of venues for environmentally sustainable events. They are also are rapidly working toward goals to reduce energy and water consumption.

Minneapolis Convention Center

Minneapolis Convention Center



The Austin Convention Center has achieved Gold LEED Certification and is an active Energy Star Partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Are you aware of any more that should be included on this list?

A core belief common to all of these venues is the social responsibility to care for their local communities and our shared planet. Each of these convention centers also finds other ways to provide a modern venue that lives up to the needs and standards exhibitors expect, while also striving to implement environmental practices.






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