SmartBuildings Detroit Program - Cobo Center Project

SmartBuildings Detroit Program - Cobo Center Project


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EcoWorks Designates Cobo Center a Sustainable Communities Champion

Supporting sustainable events is important. So much so, that Cobo Center, along with three other agencies leading the Detroit area in sustainability practices, was designated as a 2014 Sustainable Communities Champions for aligning with the EcoWorks Detroit mission of large scale innovative education, training, consulting, social business and advocacy in the sustainable use of energy natural resources.

According to a spokesman for EcoWorks Detroit, "Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) has helped to set an example for what we can accomplish when we unite as a region. The renovation of Cobo Center helps secure its position as a symbol of Detroit, but that alone wouldn't garner an award. In addition to the regional cooperation and the great greening work that they did, they have shared the story with clients, conference attendees and our region. The Cobo Center hosts 'temporary communities' if you will, leaders from many fields come to the center for a brief time of learning. And now each of those communities experiences what green renovation can do."

The Cobo Center Green Committee was formed in 2011 to develop green event support and achieve green certifications for the center. Cobo became the largest Green Venues Michigan facility in 2012.

Since 2011, Cobo Center has reached a 95% waste diversion from land fill rate, with a goal of becoming 100% land fill free next year. According to Thom Connors, regional vice president of SMG and general manager of Cobo Center, "We are very proud of this recognition from EcoWorks and the Detroit area sustainability network. However, Cobo Center is not content to rest on what has been accomplished. Our Green Committee is moving very quickly to rapidly increase our waste diversion rate, implement a kitchen waste composting program and apply for other green certifications that will establish Cobo as an industry leader." 
Call today for more information on Green Events in Cobo Center.

Jennifer Berkemeier, Sales Manager
Cobo Center
The Cobo Center Green Committeee appealing.