Moscone Center Awarded Prestigious LEED Platinum Green Building Certification

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With the latest recognition, San Francisco is the only city in the world to achieve the most advanced LEED Platinum certification for both its
convention center and airport

San Francisco (Oct. 27, 2023) – San Francisco’s Moscone Center announced
it has been awarded LEED Platinum certification for Existing Building
Operations and Maintenance, the highest level of LEED (Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design) developed by the U.S. Green Building
Council (USGBC). This makes San Francisco the only city in the world to
have the most advanced LEED Platinum certification for both its
convention center and airport.

Managed by ASM Global, the world’s leading venue-management company and
producer of live-event experiences, Moscone Center has long been a
leader in sustainable practices [1] and generates fewer carbon emissions
per visitor than any other major convention center in North America. In
2019, following the completion of Moscone Center’s $551 million
expansion program, the new Moscone North and South complex received the
highest-scoring LEED Platinum certification for New Construction in the
world for a convention center. With the recertification by USGBC, the
entire facility, including Moscone West, is LEED Platinum certified. San
Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is also owned and operated
by the City and County of San Francisco, became the first airport in the
world to achieve airport-wide LEED Platinum certification in September

“We have always centered sustainability in our operations and business
practices, and LEED Platinum certification is a milestone achievement
that demonstrates the success of these efforts,” said Ken Bukowski,
Director of Convention Facilities for the City & County of San
Francisco. “Sustainability is built into the fabric of San Francisco’s
infrastructure and psyche, and with this certification we’re proud to
carry on this commitment as we continue to lead the way toward a greener

Moscone Center [2] is set in the heart of one of the greenest cities in
the world, and sustainability is at the core of its operations —
encompassing everything from food and beverage options to recycling,
composting and donation programs that divert waste from landfills. In
addition to rooftop solar panels spanning Moscone South’s two roofs that
provide the center with approximately 19% of its power, Moscone North
and South have a greywater treatment system that recovers 15 million
gallons of water annually for reuse in landscaping, street cleaning and
toilet flushing.

“Sustainability has become a priority for meeting planners as they work
to ensure their events embrace environmental stewardship. Moscone’s LEED
Platinum certification offers our customers a new standard of
sustainability and reinforces our commitment as a destination to lower
our environmental impact,” said Joe D’Alessandro, San Francisco Travel
Association’s president and CEO.

LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world
and an international symbol of excellence. Through design, construction
and operations practices that improve environmental and human health,
LEED-certified buildings are helping to make the world more sustainable.
Moscone Center achieved LEED v4.1 O+M: Existing Buildings Platinum, with
a score of 82, via recertification.

U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a healthy,
resilient and equitable future for all through the development of green
buildings, cities and communities. For more than 20 years, USGBC has
been advancing green building practices through the development of LEED,
the world’s most widely used green building program. With the support of
thousands of members, volunteers and partners, USGBC provides robust
green building education courses, a rigorous professional credentialing
program, and advocates for effective public policies. It convenes an
international network of green building and sustainability leaders
through the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and
forward-thinking programs, including the Center for Green Schools. For
more information, visit and connect on Twitter, Facebook,
Instagram and LinkedIn.

San Francisco Travel
The San Francisco Travel Association is the official destination
marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. The
city is one of the top tourism and meetings destinations in the U.S. and
received 21.9 million visitors in 2022. Total tourism spending in 2022
exceeded $7.7 billion. The tourism industry is the largest generator of
outside revenue into San Francisco’s economy and supports over 53,000

For information on reservations, activities and more in San Francisco,
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San Francisco International Airport
SFO is excited to welcome travelers back to the skies with an airport
experience featuring seamless access, thoughtful amenities, sustainable
design and inspiring artwork and exhibits.

For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and
details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground
transportation, masks and COVID-related protocols and more, visit [7]. Follow us on [8] and [9].

United Airlines is the preferred airline of the San Francisco Travel

 ASM Global:
ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences.
It is the global leader in venue and event strategy and
management–delivering locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge
technologies to achieve maximum results for venue owners. The company’s
elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than
350 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and
exhibition centers, and performing arts venues.

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