July 17

The Authority on Water Conservation

The Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park have been named Top Performers for water conservation by the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, another sustainability benchmark for the No. 1 convention, sports and entertainment destination in the world.

The GWCC achieved a 41 percent reduction in water use from 2009 to 2016 and COP reduced its water use by 61 percent during the same period.

The world’s largest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified convention center, the GWCC’s reduction in water use is due in part to a $28 million Georgia Energy Savings Contracting Procurement project that includes replacement of the GWCC’s central heating and cooling plant with modern, more efficient machinery and upgrading the facility’s various water features.

The park’s rate reduction can be attributed to a new irrigation system and overall smarter use of water at the 21-acre green space, according to Tim Trefzer, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Trefzer (pictured above) and GWCCA Communications Director Holly Richmond collected the facilities’ Top Performer Awards at ABBC’s annual recognition ceremony held July 12 at Three Alliance Center in Buckhead.

To read the details of the case study prepared by ABBC with support from Southface, click on this link: ABBC-Georgia World Congress Center case study-poster