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.
SOURCE The David L. Lawrence Convention Center