The Los Angeles Convention Center, the first convention center in the United States of its size to become LEED-certified, will host the kick-off to the Go Green Expo, a new eco-friendly event from planning to execution.
“We keep striving for ways to
be as green as possible, from the energy used during production to the supplies
used on the expo floor,” said Bradford Rand, CEO of Go Green Expo. “We
want people who come to the Go Green Expo to feel like they’re in the right
Go Green Expo has enlisted
Brighter Planet to complete an event-emission evaluation of the inaugural
show. Brighter Planet will work to calculate the event’s electricity
usage, on-site fuel use, staff travel, event vehicles, waste disposal and
attendee travel, and then offset their carbon emissions for a completely carbon
neutral show. In addition to offsetting, the expo is taking steps to reduce
their emissions by using solar-powered energy on the expo
floor. SolaRover, a mobile solar power systems distributor, is to provide
solar power to several major areas at the event, eliminating the need for
conventional electricity in those areas and reducing the Expo’s
footprint. The solar generator will be placed on the show floor to provide
noiseless, emissions-free electricity.
Most of the signage and
marketing collateral for the shows will be printed on recycled and chlorine
free stocks using vegetable and soy based inks. For each of its shows
nationwide, Go Green Expo will use 100 percent biodegradable trash bags
provided by its title sponsor, Perf Go Green, in an effort to ensure the waste
that does go in the trash bin will eventually biodegrade in the landfills.
Efforts to maintain a green show are further complemented by the Expo’s
location, the LEED-Certified Los Angeles Convention Center. The facility
strives to have zero waste, high indoor air quality and low overall
The Go Green Expo National Tour will also show the latest
in green design and function, supported by Metropolitan Exposition Services,
such as: recycled flooring, 100 percent compostable and biodegradable table top
coverings, recycled material booth ID signs, biodegradable banner material, soy
and water based inks and a waste management program that takes environmental and
social ramifications into account by utilizing local donation programs.
The tour kicks off Jan. 23-25,
2009 in Los Angeles and will make stops in New York, Atlanta, and Philadelphia
through June. For more information, visitwww.GoGreenExpo.com.
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