ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — The Atlantic City Convention Center has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes, and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
“The Atlantic City Convention Center’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “LEED was created to make the world a better place and revolutionize the built environment by providing everyone with healthy, green and high performing buildings. The Atlantic City Convention Center serves as a prime example of how the work of innovative building projects can use local solutions to make a global impact on the environment.”
Jim Wood, President and CEO for Meet AC, added, “Achieving LEED certification is a market differentiator that will position the ACCC in a leading group of venues across the country that value sustainability and its positive impact on the visitor experience, environment, and financial returns. The certification will be an important talking point when vying for new business at the convention center.”
In the past year, several strategies helped improve the Atlantic City Convention Center’s environmental performance in preparation for LEED recertification, including LED lighting retrofits, close alignment of equipment operations with scheduled shows, ongoing preventative maintenance activities, restroom renovation designs that include installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, and the start of a robust recycling program.
“We appreciate the commitment the CRDA has made to the Convention Center through their funding of energy efficient capital projects,” said Spectra’s Jason Resetar, Assistant General Manager and Director of Facilities at the Atlantic City Convention Center. “Every department here at the venue was vested in this goal and without their dedication, especially from Christopher Kane, lead engineer and Matthew Butler, lead electrician, this certification would not be possible.”
Here are some statistics that helped the Atlantic City Convention Center earn the Gold certification:
- In 2018, over 2.9 million kWh of electricity were produced from the venue’s rooftop solar panels. This is the equivalent of powering 250 homes for one year. The total solar generation equated to roughly 13 percent of the building’s total energy for the year.
- Reduction of lighting loads by nearly 63 percent by retrofitting the facility with new LEDs.
- Reduction of water usage by 20 percent with installation of new low flush valves in the venue’s 32 restrooms.
- Improved operating efficiency of climate controls during changing seasons.
- Efficient operation of lighting and HVAC systems to minimize their use during non-peak times.
- Over 158.2 tons of recycled materials diverted from landfills in 2018.
- 9,583 lbs. of lamps, ballasts, batteries, and electronics were recycled.