The Atlantic City Convention Center is committed to preserving its unique seaside environment while providing a safe, healthy atmosphere for our guests. The convention center and Boardwalk Hall have completed several initiatives have already been implemented in the mission to “go green” and more are in the works. The facility management is committed to finding new ways to conserve and reuse our valuable resources and get Atlantic City recognized as one of America’s top green convention centers. Read below for more information about our eco-friendly achievements and projects.
Atlantic City has participated in an extensive benchmarking study of environmentally-friendly meeting venues to gather and share industry performance and best practices relative to sustainability.
- Alternative Energy:
- Installed photovoltaic solar panels that produce approximately 28% of annual electrical needs
- Currently working toward implementing solar panels at Boardwalk Hall that would produce 30% of the venue’s annual energy
- Researching the feasibility of a wind turbine that is projected to produce 16% of annual energy consumption
- Retrofits and Upgrades:
- Lighting retrofits and upgrades
- Replacement of hot water heater with more efficient unit
- Installation of industrial fans in the atrium to reduce money and energy spent on cooling
- Intensive recycling efforts, including cooking oil, landscaping materials and hundreds of thousands of pounds of glass, plastic, batteries, electronics, metal, paper and wood
- Eco-friendly products including paper towels, toilet paper, hand towels, air fresheners, foam soap, office paper and compostable cutlery and plates
- Green Roots plaques for the convention center and Boardwalk Hall that state 20 trees will be planted by the Arbor Day Foundation in the Plumas National Forest in Quincy, California
- Pursuing water conservation projects such as waterless urinals
- Convention center and Boardwalk Hall enrolled in demand respond program to curtail electricity usage during peak periods
- Energy standard operating procedures are updated twice a year in order to reduce electrical, thermal and water consumption
- Energy conservation efforts resulted in a 2% reduction in electricity and heating usage and 7% reduction in cooling usage at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Energy consumption at Boardwalk Hall dropped 15%, a record low since the building renovation
- The ACCC was Finalist Contestant for the EPA Energy Star National Building Competition based on energy usage and conservation measures
- The convention center Solar project qualified for the Plansmart New Jersey Resource Efficiency Achievement Award and was a candidate for the Platts Global Energy Award for Energy Construction Project of the Year
The Convene Green Alliance
In March 2008, the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority was invited to participate in the Convene Green Alliance’s Focus Forum. This organization gives corporations, associations and business facilities guidance on how to lessen the environmental impact of both personal and professional practices.
As a panelist on this forum, Gary Musich, VP of Convention Development for the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, shared several of the past and upcoming green initiatives implemented at the Atlantic City Convention Center and future environmentally-friendly meeting venues. This interactive discussion provided feedback and advice on how to effectively incorporate eco-friendly practices into modern day industry standards and operations to construct and renovate green convention centers and other event venues.
To learn more about the Convene Green Alliance visit www.convenegreen.com.
Download an information packet of Atlantic City’s Green Initiatives.
Get more information about the Solar Energy Project at the Atlantic City Convention Center.