"WE MEASURE EVERYTHING FROM HOURLY UTILITY CONSUMPTION TO THE AMOUNT OF FOOD COMPOSTED EACH DAY" - Claude Molinari
Cobo Center is on track to compost more than 65 tons of food waste this year
Cobo Center partners with an Ann Arbor non profit agency, My Green Michigan, to turn kitchen and food court waste into compost and distribute it to local urban farms.
"This year, after a brief beta test for our compost program, we switched to compostable products in our food outlets which allowed us to collect compost not only in the kitchens, but also the food courts," said Molinari. "As we gain efficiencies in this program, we have the potential to make a major impact on our waste diversion and the quality of local urban farming."
Cobo Center's Green Committee is vigilant in measuring energy usage and waste diversion. The recent $279 million renovation updated HVAC and plumbing equipment to energy saving standards, replace lighting with induction lighting, using 40% less electricity, and the condensate reclaim system reduced potable water intake saving more than $125,000 last year.
Compost has become the kingpin of waste diversion efforts at 65 tons this year, with an additional 10 tons of unserved food donated to Forgotten Harvest, a Detroit are food redistribution agency. 40 tons of cardboard, 12 tons of wood pallets and seven tons of glass have also been recycled so far this year.
"This is our best year for waste diversion," said Molinari, "and we expect to continue to improve our sustainability efforts and Green Event offering to customers."