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Top Five Sustainability Stories from ABX/Greenbuild 2017.
Best in the history of Greenbuild
Early in the planning process, the waste team set an ambitious goal of 81% for the ABX/Greenbuild 2017 waste diversion. This rate was 5% higher than what was achieved when ABX/Greenbuild was in Boston back in 2008. With the help of an amazing team at the Boston Convention& Exhibition Center (BCEC), Freeman, waste-hauler Save that Stuff, and local waste volunteers, the show was able to divert nearly all the materials from the show out of landfills to be recycled, reused, or donated.
Each year, our Exhibitor Donation Program collects leftover booth materials from ABX/Greenbuild exhibitors. In 2017, exhibitors donated more than 25,000 pounds of materials including cement blocks, flooring, carpet, floor tiles and wood. These items were donated to local non-profits including Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, over 1,500 pounds of food donations were also collected by our catering partner at the BCEC, Levy and distributed to Boston Rescue Mission.
The legacy project for ABX/Greenbuild 2017 was The Green Building Tech Program at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School.
The program is designed to create awareness of green building technologies in the early development of the trades in facilities management, electrical, plumbing, and carpentry. As part of the mission to expose the next generation of building operators and middle-skills trade workers to a wide range of “green collar” jobs, students in the program came to ABX/Greenbuild 2017 for a tour of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, learning first-hand how the LEED-certified buildings operate and how programs and practices support major events in going green.
Students also met with exhibitors, who exposed them to a wide variety of “green-construction” companies and products.
Our host for ABX/Greenbuild 2017, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, purchased renewable energy credits (RECs) for all electricity used and carbon offsets for all natural gas. In doing so, all the activities that took place at the convention center for ABX/Greenbuild 2017 were sourced by 100% renewable energy, making ABX/Greenbuild 2017 our first show to achieve this milestone.
Starting at registration, attendees were asked to make a pledge and commit to sustainable practices while on site in Boston. Almost 13,000 attendees made the pledge while registering for the event.
Additionally, we asked attendees to stop by the Sustainability Hub to "make your pledge" in person. Attendees could choose one or commit to all of them in an effort to make the event more sustainable. More than 1,500 additional pledges were made onsite. Attendees committed to sustainability in the following ways:
ABX/Greenbuild Sustainability Objectives: