Pittsburgh's David L. Lawrence Convention Center Releases 2006 Measurable Green Practices

Jan 03, 2007, 00:00 ET from The David L. Lawrence Convention Center

    PITTSBURGH, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recycling works!
 Pittsburgh's David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the world's largest
 certified green building and the first of its kind in the world, released
 highlights of the facility's 2006 measurable green practices.
     2006 Measurable Green Highlights include:
       * The recycling of 65,480 pounds of paper and cardboard - enough to save
         more than 557 trees and 229,000 gallons of water
       * Recycling 1,720 pounds of glass, plastic and aluminum -this creates
         the amount of needed energy to keep a 100-watt burning for nearly 30
       * The reclamation of more than 4.75 million gallons of water through the
         Convention Center's water treatment facility -the amount of water
         saved provides enough water to run 317,000 standard dishwashers
       * Reusing approximately 1,500 wooden pallets -- approximately 30,000
         pounds of pallets that were sent to a local pallet vendor
       * The utilization of the Convention Center's natural ventilation system
         for 58 event days (representing 33% of the Exhibit Hall event days)
         which eliminated the need for artificial heating and cooling of the
     "As the results indicate, there is a significant environmental impact
 when meeting planners, exhibitors, attendees and the facility's staff pull
 together to conserve resources," explained Mark Leahy, general manager of
 the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. "In fact, even our service
 partners are committed to our green practices. Levy Restaurants, our
 exclusive food service provider, purchases fresh-grown products from local
 farms including organic items."
     According to Leahy, effective green practices are designed to operate
 smarter and more resourcefully each year. "Processes change. New
 technologies create greater efficiencies. Through ongoing research (both
 our own and that of our service partners) we learn about new opportunities
 and ultimately purchase smarter. For example, Levy Restaurants is now using
 biodegradable and compostable and disposable materials and utensils. These
 practices and results are reinforcing the community's belief that greening
 has a short and long-term positive impact on Pittsburgh and the region."
     The David L. Lawrence Convention Center, which opened in 2003, is owned
 and operated by the Sports and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and
 Allegheny County and managed by SMG.

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