Those of you that know me know that I love talking about what is going on in my own backyard here in Colorado. I like to talk about conventions going on here and what is happening at some of the places I visit here. I was reading this week about Colorado’s convention center and the fact that they have made it to LEED certified status.
The Colorado Convention Center is operated by SMG and is owned by the City of Denver. In 2009 they hired a manager that began the 18 month long certification process and have finally reached that designation. Gems Events reports:
According to CCC management, the facility focused efforts in energy usage, sustainable purchasing, green cleaning, building occupant comfort, improved air quality and waste diversion. Richard Scharf, president and CEO of Visit Denver, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, cited a study conducted by the Watkins Research Group that says four out of ten conference planners will choose the ‘greenest’ city for their convention. “That makes the LEED certification an important marketing tool in selling Denver for future meetings,” he said in a statement announcing the recognition.
It is important that a state that prides itself in the use of its outdoors and the theme of being good in environmental issues get this certification. This is a proud day for Colorado! Consider your next event to be held here in Colorado.