How green is your convention? At Houston's major facilities, you can produce a more sustainable meeting or event. Read on to find out what these venues are doing to reduce energy usage and waste.
George R. Brown Convention Center
The GRB Houston is powered 100 percent with green energy
Recycling program: paper, plastic, ink cartridges and aluminum, telecommunications cable
Water and energy conservation program
Food & Beverage: Use of compostable food and beverage containers that turn back into soil in approximately 45-90 days, dramatically reducing the waste stream
Dinner and beverage napkins made from 100 percent recycled paper
Increased purchases of organic and locally grown or sourced products
Upgraded lighting controls using the "Watt Stopper" software to reduce and manage lighting systems
Installed motion sensors in some areas to reduce lighting when not required
Added motion sensor sinks and flush valves in the restrooms to save water
Recycle paper, cardboard, plastic and aluminum cans
Motion sensor sinks and flush valves in the restrooms to save water
Motion sensors in restrooms to reduce lighting when not required
With the assistance of Waste Management, over 250 collection bins were purchased and distributed at strategic locations throughout NRG Stadium and the recycling program is focused on the collection of cardboard, glass, and plastic.
NRG Park has created 30 acres of green space that included 2,200 trees and two permanent water features
NRG Park has an established Building Automation System (BAS) used to maximize energy use throughout NRG Park by controlling start and stops at optimal times
The Toyota Center is a LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Introduction of a high-performance green cleaning program
Attaining innovation points through efforts such as Green Committee projects, Green Games, community outreach efforts and e-cycling events.
Houston Astros AT&T Conference Center at Minute Maid Park
The center provides each event and meeting with menu options that source meats and produce from local Texas farms and ranches.
Clients use post-consumer recyclable or reusable serviceware in all meal services.
The popular "lunch box items" that clients receive will be served in reusable totes.
BBVA Compass Stadium
BBVA Compass Stadium was awarded the LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in December 2012.
The stadium has been identified as a pioneering example of new construction and sustainable design and is considered a leader in transforming the building industry.
The stadium diverts 86.85% of the on-site generated construction waste from landfill and provides ample recycling receptacles throughout the facility to encourage fan recycling.
Reduces energy use 20.41% using the ASHRAE 90.1-2007 baseline calculation methodology.
Sources 98.42% of the total wood-based building materials from FSC certified forest.
Provides preferred parking spaces for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.
Fan & Staff Recycling program: paper, plastic, cardboard and aluminum.