GBTA Convention 2020 - Sustainability Initiatives

Ways to be greener while attending GBTA Convention 2020



Public Transportation

Use public transportation or ride share to and from the convention center.

Go Wireless

Don't print - go wireless! Carry your mobile device and use our free wireless to save on paper.


Recycle your paper, plastic and glass in the receptacles in each meeting room/pre-function area.




GBTA Sustainability Initiatives

As in years past, GBTA will implement green initiatives at Convention 2020. We will support these initiatives by:

  • Offering online registration and housing
  • Emailing badges for proofing prior to printing onsite to save money and carbon emissions from postal delivery
  • Increasing use of digital signage and monitors
  • Increasing use of the GBTA 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 unused materials
  • Donating unused convention bags to local charities and schools
  • Minimizing shuttle transportation from hotels to the convention center

Colorado Convention Center

The Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver is the premier green meeting space for a sustainable meeting or convention. With a dedicated Sustainable Programs Manager, a robust sustainability program and a 300,000-kilowatt solar array, the LEED Gold Certified Existing Building is the premier sustainable conference center and ideal location for a green meeting or convention. The Colorado Convention Center is now the largest existing building in the region to attain LEED Gold within the Existing Building Operation and Maintenance (EBOM) criteria through recertification. In 2015, The Colorado Convention Center received the CDPHE Environmental Gold Leader Recognition by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

The Colorado Convention Center is committed to the core values of: Mindfulness, Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability.  They strive to be leaders in sustainability by creating programs that are accessible, inclusive, and encourage participation of all stakeholders.  The Colorado Convention Center’s goal is to erase the line between a “regular event” and a “green event” by making all events held at the Convention Center sustainable by exploring new processes and policies, keeping the ones that work for operation and modifying the ones that don’t. 

The Colorado Convention Center has focused sustainable efforts in the following areas:

  • Energy Reduction and Alternative Sources
  • Waste Reduction and Diversion
  • Water Consumption and Quality
  • Air Quality and Alternative Transportation
  • Community
  • Certifications


The Colorado Convention Center’s energy conservation programs are designed to optimize efficiencies in our energy consumption by focusing on infrastructure updates, best practices, and preventative maintenance. The program also tracks and record energy consumption to help monitor the impact of our efforts and establish benchmarking goals. 


The Colorado Convention Center’s comprehensive waste management program plan focuses on identifying, reducing, and diverting the various waste streams created by venue operations, attendees and clients. Components of this plan include a facility Waste Audit, methods to reduce the amount of waste being created, manage inevitable waste and divert waste from landfill by means of reuse, repurposing, recycling, and composting.


The Colorado Convention Center's water quality and conservation best practices address water quality and conservation methods including chemical management, water-efficient landscaping and irrigation, and building infrastructure (toilets, urinals, sinks, showers) efficiencies. The program tracks and records water consumption, and establishes benchmarking goals.


The Colorado Convention Center’s air quality program addresses improving the Air Quality within and surrounding the venue. Areas of focus include ENGINE'S OFF! anti-idling policy and enforcement, smoking policies, alternative transportation, fleet vehicle management and management of VOC's and hazardous air pollutants.


The Colorado Convention Center continued its efforts to support the community through both a donation program and volunteer hours.


LEED Gold Certification - Existing Building Operations and Maintenance: In May of 2014, the Colorado Convention Center received LEED: Existing Building Operations and Maintenance certification.

Green Meeting Industry Council Certified

ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences (E2774-11) - In December 2012, the Colorado Convention Center (CCC) became the first event and conference venue in the world to be certified to the international sustainability standard introduced earlier this year to promote responsible environmental and social practices in the event industry.  In 2015, the CCC re-certified to Level 2 of the venue standard. E2774-11 is one of nine formal, voluntary standards developed by the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry to provide event planners and suppliers with specifications for producing events in a more sustainable manner.  The standard specifies specific performance criteria for staff management, communications, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement, and community partners.

EMS ISO 14001 - In December of 2009, the Colorado Convention Center received certification as part of the City of Denver’s Environmental Management System. In support of the program, our Operations team set annual goals for which we are responsible for meeting.

Environmental Leadership Program, Gold Leader - In October of 2015, The Colorado Convention Center became an environmental leader, administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, through a voluntary program that recognizes organizations that go beyond compliance with environmental regulations and strive toward a goal of sustainability. 

Go Green while attending GBTA Convention 2020

  • Use public transportation or ride share to and from the convention center.
  • Don’t print – go wireless! Carry your mobile device and use our free Wi-Fi to save on paper.
  • Recycle your paper, plastic and glass in the receptacles throughout the convention center.