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Great American Beer Festival Going Green

Tickets went on sale this week for the 35th Annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF). GABF was founded in 1982 by the Brewers Association, with the first event held in Boulder, Colorado, and has been growing and evolving along with the American craft brewing industry ever since. GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in a public tasting event plus a private competition. 

This year represents the first time that GABF has been recognized with Certifiably Green Denver (CGD) certification. To achieve certification, the GABF implemented a variety of practices designed to realize savings in water, energy, waste, sustainable management and transportation practices. Some examples include:

•    Eliminating waste from bottled water by setting up filling stations throughout the event
•    Purchasing carbon offsets for a portion of the energy consumed by the event
•    Ensuring all cups and serviceware are recyclable and compostable, and providing staffed zero waste stations to help patrons to sort the waste streams properly

The Colorado Convention Center (CCC) is excited for GABF to be implementing new sustainable practices as we as are a venue that strives to be leaders in sustainability. The CCC has been awarded many sustainability awards including the LEED Gold Certification, the Environmental Leadership Program Gold Leader Certification, EMS ISO 14001 (from the City of Denver’s Environmental Management System), and the Green Meeting Industry Council Certification. 

To learn more about sustainability programs at the Colorado Convention Center visit http://goo.gl/5BEQhd 

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