Boston is a city known for its competitive spirit, so they take pride in maintaining their reputation as one of the best convention and meetings cities in the world.

Learn more here about the highlights to include sustainability.

GBTA Sustainability Initiatives

As in years past, GBTA will implement green initiatives at Convention 2017. We will support these initiatives by:

  • Offering online registration and housing
  • Badges will be emailed for proofing prior to printing onsite which saves money and carbon emissions from postal delivery
  • Minimizing the use of paper; online service kits for exhibitors eliminating copies for exhibitors
  • Using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials for print pieces
  • Purchasing recycled materials to create signage and other products
  • Increasing use of digital signage and monitors
  • Increasing use of mobile app and distributing electronic handouts 
  • Utilizing electronic mail for marketing/communication purposes
  • Contracting and working with green/sustainable facilities
  • Working with the caterer to utilize local products when possible and donate excess food or compost food/waste
  • Providing recycling bins at the Convention and recycling paper, badges, and other materials 
  • Asking exhibitors to recycle any unused materials
  • Donating all unused convention bags to local charities/schools
  • Minimizing shuttle transportation from hotels to the convention center

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) & Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC)

Green Environment

Environmentally sound. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority uses only “green” cleaning products, recycled restroom paper products and a “HEPA” filter to contain dust particles. Our Conventions C.A.R.E. donation program encourages event planners to leave unused materials at designated locations after their event – diverting 73,000 lbs. of waste (2010), and benefiting charitable organizations. And through our recycling program, employees, contractors, exhibitors and patrons recycle everything from cardboard, mixed paper, commingled materials and plastic wrap to pallets, low voltage cabling and carpet.


Green Building Practices

Energy, water and waste conservation are the focus of their daily operating strategy. They minimize power consumption through sensor-controlled, high-efficiency lighting, cut energy-use in non-occupied spaces, and feature low-flow water devices in all BCEC restrooms.

They are also committed to using green products whenever possible – from thei daily disinfectants to their vacuum cleaners, more than 80 percent of the cleaning products are environmentally responsible.

Their recycling programs reduce waste both inside the organization and out. Compost and recycling bins are stationed throughout office, meeting, loading dock and food preparation areas for both internal employees and visiting attendees.


Conventions C.A.R.E

At the BCEC and Hynes, event planners and exhibitors are encouraged to recycle through the MCCA’s Conventions C.A.R.E. (Community Assistance by Responsible Events) program. Through Conventions C.A.R.E., clean, usable, non-perishable donations are placed in bright blue bins at the end of an exhibition. The MCCA and its partners then assign and arrange the transport of these items to local non-profits.

MCCA believes in community, both inside our convention center and in the diverse neighborhoods of historic Boston, where needs are sometimes great. We also believe in giving back and inspiring our events to do the same.

MCCA’s Conventions C.A.R.E. program collects clean, usable, non-perishable donations from exhibitors after conventions, and delivers them to local nonprofits around Boston. By donating to the program, you’ll be helping scores of nonprofit organizations throughout the Boston region.

Not only will your materials be put to good re-use, but you’ll be cutting back on your event’s environmental impact by diverting waste from local landfills. Plus, it saves you the time and expense of shipping unneeded goods back home.

So far, we’ve collected everything from office products to convention bags to medical supplies. We work with our general service contractors and partners, JCALPRO, Inc., Freeman, Brede Exposition Services, Champion Exposition Services, Global Experience Specialists, and Teamsters Local 82, to collect, sort and arrange transport of the donated materials to local nonprofits.

Learn more about the C.A.R.E program here.

Download the C.A.R.E. flyer here.



The food and beverage provider, Levy Restaurants, gets 56 percent of the food and beverage served at our convention centers from local vendors. MCCA continues to host Local Vendor Fairs at the BCEC and Hynes to make this percentage grow.

Levy Cares Facts

Environment Levy Cares about our environment through our commitment to responsible food and product sourcing and waste reduction. We strive to raise the bar on socially responsible practices and constantly keep our food origins and their effects on our environment top of mind.

  • We are the exclusive purveyor in sports of Niman Ranch products: a premium selection of beef, pork and lamb raised by farmers committed to producing humane, traditional and sustainable products. 
  • 100% of our shell-on eggs are cage free.
  • Our seafood purchasing is aligned with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines.
  • 73% of our napkin dispensers are one-at-a-time systems, reducing napkin waste by 56%.
  • 60% of all disposable products (cups, bowls straws, nacho boats, etc.) are made from 100% biodegradable products.
  • 95% of all suites use eco-friendly disposable plates and flatware products.
  • 77% of our locations work with our partners on recycling programs.



Levy Cares about our community in the neighborhoods we share around the globe. More than 20,000 team members have embraced our spirit of giving by helping local organizations that provide support for children and families and the fight against hunger. Globally, we partner with Feeding America, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

  • Our team members around the country volunteered approximately 10,000 hours to community organizations that support our core causes.
  • We collectively donated more than 735,000 pounds of food to local food pantries and soup kitchens.
  • As a company, we presented a $20,000 donation to Feeding America as part of Chef Tony Mantuano's Top Chef Masters participation. 
  • We continued to provide support for hundreds of local organizations that serve our core causes around the globe every day.


Levy Cares about our guests by offering more variety and new choices to help support our guests’ health and wellness decisions. Every day, we strive to create the best dining experience possible for all of our guests.

  • We create menus using produce and products from local farms and artisans for our Farm to Fork program at all our locations
  • We have expanding gluten-free offerings at all of our locations to provide more options to our guests from hot dogs, to nachos and even gluten-free beer.
  • We offer a variety of vegetarian items, like our veggie burgers, fresh salads, fruta cups, veggie cups and healthy snack baskets in suites.
  • We include healthy options in our Taste Club kids menu.
  • We have completely eliminated the use of trans fat oils in fryers at all of our locations.


Ways to be greener while attending GBTA Convention 2017

  • Take public transportation to and from the convention center.
  • Rent a Hubway bike and pedal around Boston.
  • Don’t print – go wireless! Carry your mobile device and use our free wireless to save on paper.
  • Bring your own water bottle: the BCEC has spring water coolers in each meeting room.
  • Recycle your paper, plastic and glass in the receptacles in each meeting room and pre-function area.
  • Eating in the food court? Don’t throw out your leftovers! The BCEC offers compost collection bins in designated areas around the dining area.
  • Exhibitors: donate your unused booth materials and products to the MCCA’s Conventions C.A.R.E. Program

Please do your part as a “green attendee” so we can reduce eco-impacts of our meeting, better the community, and create positive learning experiences.