Corporate Social Responsibility San Jose Keeping Meetings Green
In 2011,theCity ofSanJoseandTeamSanJose launched a $120-million expansion and renova- tion of the San Jose Convention Center, set to debut in the fall of 2013.Adding 125,000 square feet of flexible space, including 25,000 square feet of meeting space and 35,000 square feet of ballroom space, the expansion will further Team San Jose’s vision of becoming the ultimate green convention destination by seeking LEED Silver certification. The center expansion also aims to leave as small of an environmental foot- print as possible, with 95 percent of demolition materials being recycled or re-used as building materials. Beyond offering an eco-conscious destination
and convention venue, Team San Jose assists meeting planners with greening their events down to every last detail. Last year, the center installed two charging stations for electric vehi- cles, and the center’s culinary team, under the new direction of Executive Chef Gilbert Hitzler, makes an effort to buy organic ingredients from local vendors whenever possible. The San Jose Convention Center and its cultural facilities also maintained an 85-percent diversion rate last year, meaning 85 percent of waste generated at the center was recycled, repurposed, or composted. The City of San Jose has also developed its
own Green Vision: an ongoing plan dedicated to city-wide sustainability that includes every- thing from green jobs to reductions in energy use and bans on single-use carryout plastic bags. In addition, last year, the City of San Jose completed
The expansion will further Team San Jose’s vision of becoming the ultimate green convention destination by seeking LEED Silver certification.
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financing for the new San Jose Environmental Innovation Center—a state-of-the-art facility that will house emerging clean-technology com- panies, a construction-materials store, and a household hazardous-waste facility.
ECO GATHERINGS: In addition to com-
posting, the San Jose Convention Center
(expansion underway) provides both recycla- ble and compostable serveware, from nap- kins to lunch contain- ers, for meetings and events.
ON THE FORE- FRONT: From antici-
pating LEED Silver cer- tification to installing charging stations for
electric cars, Team San Jose and its expanding San Jose Convention Centerdefine what it means to be green.
At a Glance Meeting facilities: The San Jose Convention Center, Center for the Performing Arts, Califor- niaTheatre,MontgomeryTheater,South Hall,San Jose Civic, and Parkside Hall offer a collective 271,000 square feet of column-free exhibit and meeting space. Number of hotel rooms: 8,900 Attractions:Nightlife, dining, and art galleries in the South of First Area; San JoseMuseumofArt; Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium; San Jose Sharks’ NHL games at the HP Pavilion; and San Pedro Square Market