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December 18, 2017

Phoenix Convention Center Amps Up Sustainability

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The Phoenix Convention Center, a LEED-silver certified green building, reports it has completed several upgrades throughout its campus by converting outdated lighting to energy efficient LED light technology. This past year the Phoenix Convention Center participated in Arizona Public Service’s (APS) Solutions for Business energy rebate program and received more than $175,000 in rebates. The Phoenix Convention Center, a City of Phoenix facility, took full advantage of APS’s rebate program by converting to LED lighting in several areas of the campus, including meeting rooms, loading docks, stairwells, food court, garages, production kitchens and its Grand Atrium.

Phoenix Convention Center Director John Chan said that the conversion of the facility’s lighting fixtures to LED would help to extend the life cycle of equipment and minimize the hours spent on maintenance. 

The center participates in the City of Phoenix Public Works department’s initiative to increase its waste diversion rate by 40 percent by 2020. In addition to the LED conversion project, the Phoenix Convention Center participates in several other sustainability initiatives, including hosting a solar generating power plant on its rooftop, which produces enough energy to power 12-14 homes annually.

In 2008, the Phoenix Convention Center completed a $600M expansion, which tripled the size of the facility. Since its expansion, the Phoenix Convention Center has welcomed more than 1.7M delegates with a direct spending impact of more than $2.4B. Over the last three years, the Center has successfully hosted fan events for Super Bowl XLIX, College Football Playoffs and the NCAA Final Four.

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