The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center is fully committed to employing practices that are eco-friendly, both in our facilities and our services. To us, “Going Green” means a comprehensive plan that covers all areas of facility management including energy efficiency, air quality, water conservation, waste management and catering. From timed lighting systems and motion-detecting sinks, to recycling all applicable used materials and implementing an active food donation program, it is our goal to leave the smallest environmental footprint possible. Read below for a list of our current “green” efforts as well as exciting steps we are taking in the future.
- Facility Building Management System controls HVAC and public space lighting maximizing energy savings and conservation.
- Usage of plate frame heat exchanger conserves energy and negates large tonnage chiller usage at cooler outside temperature/humidity levels.
- Timed lighting system controls allow for lighting to be set at 25% for staff cleaning/set up efforts, 50% during event load-in and out, and 75-100% capacity only during event hours in occupied space.
- Back of house and administrative offices are regulated by motion sensor lighting systems.
- Variable frequency drives are installed on all pumps and motors reducing electrical demand on equipment and delivering only the power required to operate.
- Upgraded Variable Frequency Drive controls on secondary chilled water loop allows for greater efficiency for cooling the facility customized to clients needs.
- Abundant natural lighting in concourse and public space areas.
- System of facility blackouts (hard facility shutdowns, no staff present, all equipment powered down) and brownouts (domestic power on but all nonessential equipment powered down).
- 34% reduction in total kilowatt hours for the facility year over year from the period of CY 2008 to CY 2009, a reduction of 2.2 million kilowatt hours.
- Hepa filters in vacuums used by housekeeping and operations departments.
- Premium pleated filters used on all facility air handlers.
- Building Management System regulates air quality in facility and performs carbon dioxide checks and reporting.
- 1/2 of all daily facility exterior security rounds are done in the form of bicycle or walking patrols in lieu of vehicular travel.
- All facility toilets and urinals are automatic, low flush (water flow). Water savings translates to be 1,000 gallons if all were flushed simultaneously.
- All restroom sinks have motion detecting valves and valve orifices reducing the amount of water sent to the drain.
- Xeriscape of the landscape in Bryan Square to reduce water usage.
- Recycling of plastic and glass bottles, aluminum/tin cans, paper and cardboard products in a co-mingled, single stream program throughout the entire facility.
- No compactor or supplemental charges to clients for recycled items.
- Recycling of used equipment batteries, oil, ballasts, light bulbs, and toner.
- Coreless, automatic sensor paper products utilized in restrooms to reduce waste.
- Careful consideration and evaluation given to purchasing of green products when at all possible.
- Utilization of earth friendly lubricants and chemicals in all mechanical and water treatment systems.
- Green seal cleaning products utilized in housekeeping and eco-friendly paint used on upkeep of facility.
- EPA energy star office equipment purchased.
- All reports and documents are produced paperless whenever possible.
- Active food donation program.
- Option given for china instead of paper products, local and organic meals, and bulk condiments.
- Plates and eating utensils made of 100% compostable and disposable materials.
- Water station options available versus utilizing water bottles and every meeting space equipped with water coolers in the room.
- Used frying oil is recycled and turned into animal feed and bio-diesel.
- Use of certified sustainable fish and seafood.
- Use of natural grass fed beef when possible.
- Use antibiotics, growth hormone, and steroid free poultry when possible.
- Use organic fruits and vegetables when possible.
- Installing a practice of load shedding to reduce energy consumption at peak times.
- Upgrading 400, 600, and 100-watt metal halide fixtures with T5 fluorescent and other energy efficient fluorescent and LED lighting.
- Gray water or rainwater collection for irrigation.
- Addition of ISO-E insulation to bottom side roofing decking.
- Roof mounted solar panels (utilizing peel and stick rolls of PV sensitive materials).
- Charcoal filters to replace premium filters in air handlers. Unlike pleated filters, charcoal filters can be recycled.
- A continued goal of 10% energy improvement or more every year.
- Expand our network of environmentally responsible vendors and suppliers.
- Work with clients/meeting planners to make the greening of their conferences/meetings attainable for any conference/meeting.
- Upgrading of Ballroom lighting control system to reduce energy and improve maximum efficiency of lighting.
- Adding cardboard bailing system for icreased waste recycling efforts.