DETROIT, MI — The Prime Site Award-winning Cobo Center has achieved recertification to the Event Industry Council’s APEX/ASTM Sustainable Meeting Standard for venues. The Cobo Center Green Committee is also in the process of attaining LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification with the U.S. Green Buildings Council.
Cobo’s sustainable operations have gained the attention of the tradeshow industry, and the facility was chosen as the site of this year’s Sustainable Brands (SB’19) conference, June 4-6. Detroit’s main convention and exhibition venue was also the host site for Sustainable Brands’17.
“We continue to make strides in improving the sustainability of our offerings, including a new post event donation program,” said Claude Molinari, General Manager of SMG/Cobo Center. “Getting recertified to the APEX/ASTM Green Meeting Standard and hosting Sustainable Brands for the second time signals that our efforts are truly world class.”
During 2018, the Cobo Center Green Committee organized a group of local area agencies that can use materials often left behind by big events in the convention center. Materials like wood, metal and carpet along with plants, clothing, food and various attendee giveaways are donated to local nonprofits and schools.
“2019 is shaping up to be a big year for our green team,” Molinari added. “Each year we strengthen our green operations and our contribution to the greater Detroit sustainability action agenda.”