Sustainability at the 2017 IMGC

The 2017 IMGC will be held at the Oregon Convention Center (OCC), which has the distinction of being certified as a LEED Platinum(R) facility, in 2014.  They were the first convention center in the world to earn LEED certification, in 2004.  Over 6,500 solar panels provide power to the OCC, providing 25-30% of the facility’s electrical power.  Upgrades to bathroom fixtures save over 1.2 million gallons of water, annually.  A 6-acre rain garden filters rain water before it flows into the river.

Leftover food is donated to the Oregon Food Bank or to Blanchet House (a local shelter), or else composted if it is not able to be donated.  Leftover conference bags, goods and materials are donated to local community organizations.

As one of our conference tours, we are planning a tour of the OCC grounds, as part of a larger ‘sustainability’ tour of Portland.

To keep their LEED Platinum Certification, the OCC has a waste diversion policy that impacts what exhibitors and attendees can bring into the facility.  Please help us adhere to OCC’s waste diversion policy.  Place items in the correct recycle or compost containers.  Bring a water bottle with you to the conference.  We will have printed conference programs, but will be doing our best to keep paper and printing to a minimum.

Please help us adhere to the Oregon Convention Center Waste Diversion Policy

Prohibited in OCC are:

  • hazardous substances or items containing hazardous substances
  • signage that cannot be recycled or re-used
  • foam core signage
  • helium balloons
  • single use plastic bags

The following items are allowed in the building, but must be removed when we vacate:

  • banners (vinyl)
  • electronics, furniture or equipment
  • carpet, carpet scraps or carpet padding
  • items that cannot be donated, such as plaques or trophies
  • pallets
Oregon Convention Center Rain Garden
Rain Garden at the Oregon Convention Center.

 

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Gail Langellotto

I'm an associate professor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University, where I also coordinate the statewide Master Gardener Program.

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