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The Phoenix Convention Center West Building is LEED silver-certified. The Convention Center has a long-standing, comprehensive recycling program and use biodegradable and recycled materials in its daily operation. The venue utilizes mechanical and electrical equipment that dramatically reduces the building's energy consumption including: Energy Star compliant roofing, low-flow lavatories and water-saving landscaping help to reduce the facility's impact on valuable water resources.
Sustainable food partner, Aventura partners with a farmer less than 15 miles from the Convention Center, providing fresh, seasonal produce with minimal transportation requirements. When possible, catering donates left-over food to St. Mary's Food Bank and/or Waste Not. Aventura prefers the use of reusable cutlery and dishware and when necessary provides disposables made from bamboo, sugar cane and corn starch.
The venue was chosen at a central location near multiple public transportation options, including bus routes, METRO Light Rail transit system, as well as accessible bike parking.
GoGreen 2013 has partnered with BEF to balance the energy, carbon and water footprints of the Seattle, Phoenix, New York and Portland conferences. Verified Renewable Energy Certificates donated by BEF ensure that only clean, renewable energy will be used for each conference. Verified Carbon Offsets donated by BEF kept 123,458 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere, balancing the carbon footprint associated with staff, presenter, exhibitor and attendee travel and lodging. This is the equivalent of taking 37 passenger vehicles off the road for one year. Water Restoration Certificates® donated by BEF restored 9,000 gallons of water — the equivalent water use of the conference venue as well as staff, presenter and attendee lodging — to critically dewatered rivers and streams.
About BEF—At BEF, we believe addressing the planet's most pressing environmental challenges requires innovation, creative problem solving and discovering a new way of doing business that values the natural resources we depend on. We are entrepreneurs for the planet. Through a full suite of innovative energy, carbon and water solutions we are helping our partners—from the farmer to the corporation—redefine how business gets done.