Atlantic City Convention Center
Sustainable (Green) Efforts at the Atlantic City Convention Center
Located just blocks from the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, the Atlantic City Convention Center is committed to preserving its unique seaside environment while providing a safe, healthy atmosphere for our guests. “Going Green” has consistently been one of the Center’s main operating objectives, earning the facility inclusion as a founding member of the Convene Green Alliance. The facility has successfully reduced energy consumption every year since the building opened in 1997. Global Spectrum’s management team remains committed to exploring new opportunities to better conserve and reuse our valuable resources.
The Atlantic City Convention Center has created a “Green Team” comprised of talented individuals from each venue department as well as the MEET AC team. The goals of the Green Team are centered on five key initiatives:
- Energy Efficiency
- Water Usage
- Client Communication
- Preparation for Future Composting
It is the goal of Global Spectrum, as good stewards of the venue, to implement sound, efficient, cost-saving programs that contribute to a sustainable environment. The Green Team will provide strategic planning and direction to implement the sustainability program goals.
Due to past efforts by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), the Atlantic City Convention Center installed the largest single roof mounted solar array in the United States on top of the facility in 2009. Through 2013 the solar roof has produced 29% of the building’s electrical consumption. The Atlantic City Convention Center anticipates savings of nearly $4.4 million in electricity costs since its debut through 2029.
To continue its sustainability efforts, the Global Spectrum team has invested in large cages on wheels that enable the exhibitors and decorators alike to recycle with ease. Since the cages are see through and labeled appropriately as “cardboard”, “vinyl” “clear plastic” or “styrofoam”, they make it very convenient for all to recognize the correct placement for their waste. The easier the process, the more the venue is able to recycle, and the more we can recycle the more we divert from the landfill which saves dollars to the bottom line.