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March 1, 2009

Major US venue launches green initiative

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority announced this week that it has joined forces with Atlanta to form a Zero Waste Zone.

This will be the first zone of its kind in the southeast USA, and one of the first in the country as a whole.

Members, which include local restaurants, attractions and hotels, have pledged to recycle, reuse spent grease for the local production of biofuel and to compost or donate food residuals in order to drastically decrease the amount of waste going to landfills.

The authority covers major local venues the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome and Centennial Olympic Park.

“Our goal,” said Kevin Duvall, assistant general manager of the Georgia World Congress Center, “is to adopt practices that meet the demands of our customers, attendees and staff.

"At the same time we want to reduce the impact that our 3.9 million square foot facility has on the landfill. During this process we’ve reminded ourselves that being ‘green’ is a journey and not a destination. The Downtown Zero Waste Zone reinforces a lot of initiatives that we’re already tackling and it is propelling us to move forward on new ones.”

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