Greater Columbus Convention Center Earns LEED Certification

Using wind energy is among the convention center's strategies for furthering its sustainability efforts. 

GCCC's Smart Farm generates 2.5 tons of vegetables and herbs annually for culinary use
GCCC's Smart Farm generates 2.5 tons of vegetables and herbs annually for culinary use

The Greater Columbus Convention Center's existing north building has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Certification for building operations and maintenance by the U.S. Green Building Council; the facility's expansion already had earned the designation. 

LEED Silver Certification verifies that the building's design, construction and operational processes assist in conserving resources and reducing waste and other negative environmental impacts while maximizing the health and productivity of its employees and event attendees.

"We are proud that the existing north building has joined the GCCC expansion in becoming LEED Silver certified," said GCCC assistant general manager Ryan Thorpe. "Expanding our green footprint and environmental stewardship is a continuing journey." Thorpe also noted the convention center's latest innovation -- acquiring 100 percent of the building's electricity through wind energy. According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind power use has tripled in the last decade and is now the nation's largest source of renewable power.

Other sustainability efforts practiced by the GCCC include the conversion from plastic to compostable service ware and the creation of an in-house Smart Farm, generating 2.5 tons of vegetables and herbs a year for use in the kitchen.