Posted in news on February 4, 2016 10:08 am EST

Non-Profits Benefit From Sustainability Efforts of Greenbuild 2015

A forward-thinking Exhibitor Donation Program helped Greenbuild 2015, held in Washington, D.C., boost the efforts of Habitat for Humanity in Maryland, and more.


 

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By Carol Badaracco Padgett

Greenbuild, an annual tradeshow for the green design and building industries put on by the U.S. Green Building Council based in Washington, D.C., releases a comprehensive "Greenbuild Sustainability Report" each year following its convention. This year, the 2015 convention results come out in March 2016. To raise awareness about the show's efforts and results, and to help promote the event, Greenbuild releases its "Top 5 Sustainability Stories" from Greenbuild 2015 held in Washington, D.C.

Of those five, which are highlighted in entirety below, one stands out as being of particular interest to architects, engineers, consultants and other creators of church and community-based projects, as shared here:

7,000+ Pounds of Show Donations

Greenbuild reports that each year its Exhibitor Donation Program collects leftover booth materials from Greenbuild exhibitors. In 2015, the group's exhibitors donated more than 7,000 pounds of materials, including cement blocks, carpet, insulation, floor tiles, and cleaning supplies.

Greenbuild 2015 donated these items to local non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity of Metropolitan Maryland – RESTORE. Donations also included an attendee clothing drive to support the Safeway Feast of Sharing event that was hosted by the convention center.

Now, a look at the event's Top 5 Sustainability Stories from 2015 as reported by Greenbuild ...

#1. 84% Waste Diversion at Convention Center

[The Greenbuild Waste Team], Greenbuild volunteers and a team of 15 people that spent 80 hours manually separating waste, made it possible to exceed our goal and achieve an 84% waste diversion rate.

Early in 2015, the Greenbuild Waste Team set a goal diversion rate of 80% for the Greenbuild conference based on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center’s baseline diversion rate of 32%. This dedicated group worked for 6 months to improve front of house bin signage, find haulers for additional waste streams and fine-tune the back dock sorting process for all waste generated by the Greenbuild show. This group, Greenbuild volunteers and a team of 15 people that spent 80 hours manually separating waste, made it possible to exceed our goal and achieve an 84% waste diversion rate.

#2. Over 7,000lbs of Show Donations

Each year, our Exhibitor Donation Program collects leftover booth materials from Greenbuild Exhibitors. This year, our exhibitors donated over 7,000 pounds of materials including cement blocks, carpet, insulation, floor tiles and cleaning supplies. These items were donated to local non-profits including Habitat for Humanity of Metropolitan Maryland – RESTORE. Donations also included an attendee clothing drive to support the Safeway Feast of Sharing event which was hosted by the convention center.  continued >>

 

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