Green Meetings Initiative

AMS is proud to announce its Green Meetings Initiative for conducting meetings and scientific conferences, which includes working with vendors and locations that support this guidance.

 

Local Area Goals

Denver is working to enable a sustainable, resilient, climate-safe future in collaboration with fellow departments, other units of government, and community partners1. This can be seen through the following initiatives: 

  • Programs and Services - Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency runs a number of programs and services to advance sustainability as a value in business and residential communities.
  • High Performance Buildings and Homes - Buildings and homes are responsible for 64% of the greenhouse gas emissions in Denver. Denver is working to transition to net zero (highly efficient, all-electric, grid flexible, and powered by 100% renewable electricity.).
  • Zero Waste - Denver is finding ways and working to promote waste reduction, recycling, and composting.
  • Renewable Energy - Denver is enabling a rapid and equitable transition to a 100% renewable electric system.
  • Sustainable Transportation - Denver has been working on ways to make transportation more sustainable and green to provide the city with cleaner air, better health, and lower costs.
  • Resources for Business - Denver is engaging with businesses and supporting green workforce development.

 

Read more about how Denver’s Climate Protection Fund is raising the local sales and use tax by 0.25% to create the Climate Protection Fund (CPF). The CPF raises $40M annually to act urgently to mitigate the causes of climate change and to center that work on equity2.

 

Venue Goals

The Colorado Convention Center (CCC), located in downtown Denver, is the premier sustainable meeting space3. Here are ways in which CCC is working to make every event sustainable:

  • Sustainability Certifications - The CCC believes in using certifications as both a tool and guide in developing and implementing sustainability initiatives. Current certifications include:
    • LEED Existing Building – Operations and Maintenance Level GOLD
    • ISO Standard 14001 – Environmental Management System
    • The CDPHE Colorado Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) - Gold
  • Waste Management - The CCC's comprehensive waste management program focuses on identifying, reducing and diverting the various waste streams created by venue operations, attendees and clients.
  • Energy & Water Conservation - The CCC electrical and engineering departments work hard to reduce energy and water consumption through mindful scheduling, equipment retrofits and upgrades, and preventive maintenance.
  • Air Quality - Clean air both inside and out of the venue is of the utmost priority. The CCC has several policies and technology in place to ensure the health of the building and its occupants.
  • Centerplate - Centerplate, the exclusive food and beverage caterer at the CCC and is committed to sustainability.

Hotel Goals

Please view the below resources to discover how the AMS 103rd Annual Meeting Accommodations are going green and practicing sustainability:

[1]https://www.denvergov.org/Government/Agencies-Departments-Offices/Agencies-Departments-Offices-Directory/Climate-Action-Sustainability-Resiliency
[2]https://www.denvergov.org/Government/Agencies-Departments-Offices/Agencies-Departments-Offices-Directory/Climate-Action-Sustainability-Resiliency/Climate-Protection-Fund
[3]https://www.denver.org/meetings/convention-center/center-sustainability/