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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Conventions in Orange County more energy and waste efficient

July 18, 2007

The Convention Center in Orange County (Florida, U.S.A.) is attracting business as a result of its environmental practices.

The Orange County Convention Center, which hosts 300 events, meetings and shows every year, has found that clients are more interested in doing business at the Center given its efforts to save energy and reduce waste.

The Center recycles 40 percent of its waste – about 9,000 tons annually, translating into a savings of $US 100,000 a year.  The Center also uses reclaimed water for all its landscape irrigation, has energy-efficient motors to power fountain pumps, and has a control system to regulate air-conditioning and lighting levels.

The Center is now exploring a U.S.A. state government grant to install photovoltaic panels on the center’s sprawling roof, which covers nearly 28.3 hectares (70 acres).  If the program moves ahead, the center will generate much of its own electricity, saving several thousand dollars a year.

Fossil-fuel based power are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Green power from renewable energy sources emit no or low greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. Green power can include electricity generated exclusively from renewable resources including wind, hydro-electric or solar power – or electricity produced from a combination of fossil and renewable resources. For more information on the generation and use of green power at the local level, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Orange County is one of 167 local governments in the U.S.A. that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the U.S.A., please visit www.iclei.org/usa.

Source:  “Green hotels are cleaning up”, Orlando Sentinel, 9 July 2007.

 

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