July 11

GWCC honored with Better Buildings Challenge Award

Last week the Georgia World Congress Center was honored with the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge 2016 Waste Diversion Award. The center received this award because we diverted 763 tons of material during fiscal year 2016 –including 247.5 tons of single stream recyclables, 260.7 tons of compost, and 30 tons of corrugated cardboard. The Authority’s Atlanta facilities diverted 892 tons of material –including 291 tons of single stream recyclables, 290 tons of compost, 44 tons of corrugated cardboard, and 167 tons of C&D material.

The GWCC was also recognized for achieving a 26% reduction in water consumption based on our 2010 baseline. Initiatives such as installing low flow water fixtures and fittings in our restrooms and installation of a higher efficiency irrigation system has helped us to meet this goal four years ahead of schedule. This is high praise from an initiative that to date includes 555 buildings with a total of more than 100 million square feet. 

Additionally, the Challenge has achieved 20 percent in water savings –a goal reached 4 years ahead of schedule- and  17 percent in energy savings. The city of Atlanta was recently recognized at the federal Department of Energy’s Better Building Summit in Washington where the city received an award for becoming the first city to reach its 20 percent goal for water savings.

Launched in June 2011 at the Clinton Global Initiative, the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge was one of the inaugural projects of President Obama’s and the Dept. of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge program. Atlanta competes among six other cities in the challenge: Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Washington, D.C., Sacramento and Houston. Initiated by Mayor Kasim Reed’s Office of Sustainability and in support of the City’s Power to Change sustainability plan, the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (“Atlanta BBC”) is a nation-leading public-private initiative. The goal of the Atlanta BBC is to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20% in participating buildings across Atlanta by 2020.