Sustainability/Green Meetings

“The Pennsylvania Convention Center is committed to reducing the environmental impact of our operations and services by taking stewardship in using equipment and products designed to reduce negative impacts while providing a healthy, high-performance cleaning operation within our facility. Since 2006, we have been using as a guideline GS-42 (green seal environmental standard for cleaning services) and have found that we have been practicing environmental sustainability in conjunction with our cleaning service provider since 1999.”

Our commitment includes the use of safe-cleaning products, reduced water use, energy efficient LED lighting, a new reflective roof, expanded recycling, and streamlined management of HVAC, lighting, power, elevators and escalators. Using technology to ‘go green’ is critical to our customers and our effort to sustain the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for future generations.


SMG Operations’ Goal

SMG is operating the Convention Center under its best practices for sustainability and green meetings. The facilities team documents the details of individual programs that address a comprehensive, all-encompassing Sustainability Program. Each program or plan, while standing on its own merits and importance, contributes to the Sustainability Program as a whole and strives to adhere to industry standards of what constitutes a “green meeting venue.” The program focuses on measuring, tracking, reporting and improving.

The team also reviews new technology with an eye for reducing the use of electricity, natural gas and water. These changes have included retrofitting the 2 million square-foot facility with LED lighting; new energy management and HVAC systems; and the installation of low-flow faucets.

Recycling Initiatives include:

  • Single Stream
  • Composting 
  • Lamp Recycling
  • Cooking Oil
  • Pallets
  • Metal Recycling
  • Show Materials
  • Donated Materials

Awards

2014 Top Ten Cities for Green Meetings

The City of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Convention Center earned the distinction of being ranked one of the top ten U.S. Cities for Green Meetings by GreenBiz. Greenbiz.com cited a number of factors at the Pennsylvania Convention Center that led to its high ranking, including its LEED Gold certification for its 2011 expansion; its use of 100 percent decomposable and biodegradable food and beverage products and Green Seal-certified cleaning products; its use of renewable energy; and energy-efficient lighting and other energy-saving initiatives. The rankings of convention centers were developed based on standards for sustainable meetings as set forth by the Convention Industry Council’s Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International). The ASTM/APEX standards for sustainable meetings provide a barometer of environmental integrity across nine sectors of event production: transportation, audiovisual, accommodation, onsite office, meeting venue, food & beverage, exhibits, destinations and communications.

LEED® Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council

The expansion and renovation to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2011 achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification. The Expansion’s LEED rating corresponds to the GOLD certification level under the LEED for New Construction rating system. LEED is an internationally-recognized green building certification system, developed by the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It provides building owners and operators with guidelines for implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. The LEED rating system recognizes projects that develop and implement sustainable design strategies for better environmental performance.