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Savannah International Trade & Convention Center

The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center is fully committed to employing practices that are eco-friendly, both in our facilities and our services. To us, “Going Green” means a comprehensive plan that covers all areas of facility management including energy efficiency, air quality, water conservation, waste management and catering. From timed lighting systems and motion-detecting sinks, to recycling all applicable used materials and implementing an active food donation program, it is our goal to leave the smallest environmental footprint possible. Read below for a list of our current “green” efforts as well as exciting steps we are taking in the future.


  • Facility Building Management System controls HVAC and public space lighting maximizing energy savings and conservation.
  • Usage of plate frame heat exchanger conserves energy and negates large tonnage chiller usage at cooler outside temperature/humidity levels.
  • Timed lighting system controls allow for lighting to be set at 25% for staff cleaning/set up efforts, 50% during event load-in and out, and 75-100% capacity only during event hours in occupied space.
  • Back of house and administrative offices are regulated by motion sensor lighting systems.
  • Variable frequency drives are installed on all pumps and motors reducing electrical demand on equipment and delivering only the power required to operate.
  • Upgraded Variable Frequency Drive controls on secondary chilled water loop allows for greater efficiency for cooling the facility customized to clients needs.
  • Abundant natural lighting in concourse and public space areas.
  • System of facility blackouts (hard facility shutdowns, no staff present, all equipment powered down) and brownouts (domestic power on but all nonessential equipment powered down).
  • 34% reduction in total kilowatt hours for the facility year over year from the period of CY 2008 to CY 2009, a reduction of 2.2 million kilowatt hours.


  • Hepa filters in vacuums used by housekeeping and operations departments.
  • Premium pleated filters used on all facility air handlers.
  • Building Management System regulates air quality in facility and performs carbon dioxide checks and reporting.
  • 1/2 of all daily facility exterior security rounds are done in the form of bicycle or walking patrols in lieu of vehicular travel.


  • All facility toilets and urinals are automatic, low flush (water flow). Water savings translates to be 1,000 gallons if all were flushed simultaneously.
  • All restroom sinks have motion detecting valves and valve orifices reducing the amount of water sent to the drain.
  • Xeriscape of the landscape in Bryan Square to reduce water usage.


  • Recycling of plastic and glass bottles, aluminum/tin cans, paper and cardboard products in a co-mingled, single stream program throughout the entire facility.
  • No compactor or supplemental charges to clients for recycled items.
  • Recycling of used equipment batteries, oil, ballasts, light bulbs, and toner.
  • Coreless, automatic sensor paper products utilized in restrooms to reduce waste.


  • Careful consideration and evaluation given to purchasing of green products when at all possible.
  • Utilization of earth friendly lubricants and chemicals in all mechanical and water treatment systems.
  • Green seal cleaning products utilized in housekeeping and eco-friendly paint used on upkeep of facility.
  • EPA energy star office equipment purchased.
  • All reports and documents are produced paperless whenever possible.


  • Active food donation program.
  • Option given for china instead of paper products, local and organic meals, and bulk condiments.
  • Plates and eating utensils made of 100% compostable and disposable materials.
  • Water station options available versus utilizing water bottles and every meeting space equipped with water coolers in the room.
  • Used frying oil is recycled and turned into animal feed and bio-diesel.
  • Use of certified sustainable fish and seafood.
  • Use of natural grass fed beef when possible.
  • Use antibiotics, growth hormone, and steroid free poultry when possible.
  • Use organic fruits and vegetables when possible.


  • Installing a practice of load shedding to reduce energy consumption at peak times.
  • Upgrading 400, 600, and 100-watt metal halide fixtures with T5 fluorescent and other energy efficient fluorescent and LED lighting.
  • Gray water or rainwater collection for irrigation.
  • Addition of ISO-E insulation to bottom side roofing decking.
  • Roof mounted solar panels (utilizing peel and stick rolls of PV sensitive materials).
  • Charcoal filters to replace premium filters in air handlers. Unlike pleated filters, charcoal filters can be recycled.
  • A continued goal of 10% energy improvement or more every year.
  • Expand our network of environmentally responsible vendors and suppliers.
  • Work with clients/meeting planners to make the greening of their conferences/meetings attainable for any conference/meeting.
  • Upgrading of Ballroom lighting control system to reduce energy and improve maximum efficiency of lighting.
  • Adding cardboard bailing system for icreased waste recycling efforts.

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