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Green Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has reinvented itself with one of the most dramatic environmental transformations in the world.

Over the past half-century, this one-time poster child for industrial pollution has emerged a clean and green city. In fact, this former "Smoky City" now ranks among the top 10 cities in the United States for certified green building space.

Pittsburgh has eliminated its infamous smoke problem and has invested in restoring our rivers and trails. We helped nurse our beloved rivers back to health and have created some of the most popular outdoor recreational areas in the eastern United States. For example, Western Pennsylvania has become one of the nation's best examples of rails-to-trails conversion, with hundreds of miles of rail trails, including the Great Allegheny Passage. This trail links Pittsburgh with Washington, D.C., and stands out as one of the country's great trail systems.

It's fitting that Pittsburgh, the birthplace of renowned environmentalist Rachel Carson, is today a national leader in the environmental movement and a green model for cities all over the globe. Pittsburgh is proud to be home to more than 30 certified green buildings, including the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the world's first and still one of the largest green convention centers. The facility has earned LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for leadership in energy and environmental design.

Pittsburgh also is home to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, which is pursuing a net-zero energy and water designation as a "Living Building."

In addition, Downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District is part of the city's inspiring story of renewal. Once a blighted part of the city, the Cultural District now includes several theaters, numerous galleries and scores of eateries. Its successful renaissance has spurred development in other parts of the city as well.

Green Operations at David L. Lawrence Convention Center  

Congratulations! By selecting the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, you automatically are committing to a greener environment. Rest assured that every possible green component of the DLCC's operations is being addressed in Pittsburgh from recycling to product use to conserving our natural resources including water, energy and air quality. With our commitment to green, your event's carbon imprint is reduced with no additional cost to you.

The David L. Lawrence Convention Center was designed to reduce the use of natural resources and operate at the highest green potential. Every day, our staff thinks g1 (greenfirst) by collecting materials that are being disposed of and giving the materials to companies that turn them into usable raw product. We recycle the traditional items - plastics, aluminum, glass, cardboard, all paper, wood and the not-so traditional items - batteries, sod, water and food.

Please take a look at the g1 (greenfirst) website to see how we achieve our green goals.

To assist in reducing your carbon imprint and get you thinking g1 (green first), your event manager will request you to:

  • Define hours of building operations so the DLCC operations staff can set the building systems according to occupancy and your attendee profile.
  • Encourage attendees to comply with the posted signage to recycle all products including food waste.
  • Include our special recycling information in your event notices, bulletins and exhibitor kits.
  • Take advantage of our complimentary water cambros instead of using bottled water.
  • Work with our food service provider, Levy Restaurants, in planning meals to use locally grown products and understanding the importance of purchasing in bulk.
  • Acknowledge to your attendees the ease of Pittsburgh downtown walking accessibility to over 175 restaurants, 40 cultural & entertainment attractions, 3 major sport arenas and over 6 miles of riverfront trails.

Other suggestions to reduce you carbon imprint to produce a greener event:

  • Recycle your badge holders (Remember your recycling bins!)
  • Use recycled materials for tote bags and lanyards (ie: organic cotton bags)
  • Consider using a local printer and other Pittsburgh suppliers to reduce transportation
  • Use 100% post-consumer paper with soy based ink
  • Use signboard made of 100% recyclable board (ie: Cloraplast)
  • Use locally grown seasonal flowers for centerpieces instead of hot house-forced ones.
  • Use biodegradable string (ie: cotton, sisal, jute), not plastic.
  • Use starch-based, biodegradable packing peanuts for shipping. They dissolve in water, are non-toxic and can be composted.
  • Use biodegradable cellulose available for shrink-wrapping. Avoid polystyrene, plastic wrapping and bubblewrap.