Colorado Convention Center Continues to Be Recognized As a Champion of Environmental Stewardship
The Colorado Convention Center has received yet another award recognizing our commitment to sustainability and environmental consciousness. The Colorado Convention Center will accept the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program’s (ELP) Gold Leader award at this year’s ELP Annual Award Event in October.
The Colorado Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is a voluntary program, within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), designed to recognize and reward organizations and businesses that demonstrate superior environmental/sustainability performance and, as a result, consistently operate at a level that goes beyond compliance with environmental regulations and are working towards the goal of sustainability. The awards event recognizes Colorado organizations with Gold, Silver and Bronze designations. There is no fee for participation and members can receive state incentives.
To qualify for the Gold Leader award the Colorado Convention Center had to have:
- A fully operational and facility-specific Environmental Management System (EMS) with set future goals to improve environmental performance.
- A commitment to public outreach and environmental performance reporting.
- No serious environmental violations for three years, no criminal environmental violations for five years.
- Shown a clean compliance for a three-year period or longer.
A few of the many sustainable practices that lead to the Colorado Convention Center receiving the Gold Leader ELP in 2015 include:
- Adding a variety of lighting retrofits that saved 1,828,844 kWh in 2014.
- Diverting 595.5 tons materials from the landfill in 2014.
- Encouraging vehicles to limit idling to under 5 minutes and turn their “Engine’s Off!”
Across the Colorado there are 96 Gold Leaders that have achieved this highest recognition for environmental stewardship. These leaders, along with the 33 Bronze Achievers and 29 Silver Partners have combined to create a huge environmental impact across Colorado. These participants have saved 1,006,258,907 gallons of water (equivalent to 1,525 Olympic sized pools), saved 486,079,338 Kwh of energy (equivalent to energy use for 30,582 homes for one year), saved 64,663,372 Therms of gas usage (equivalent to removing 72,178 passenger vehicles from the road), and recycled 240,456 tons of materials.
For more information about the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Website.
The Colorado Convention Center is excited to receive this award and is dedicated to continue our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint and be a sustainability leader in the meeting and events industry.