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Sustainable Communities Champion

 Green Facility Statement
Cobo to apply for APEX Green Venues for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings Certification.
Organizing around Green Event support is easy at Cobo Center!

From the inception of the Cobo Center transformation in 2009, environment sustainability and Green Event development has been a focus. This April, Cobo will apply for an APEX/ASTM Green Events certification, verifying that the center meets the formal, voluntary standards focused around prescriptive actions and specific measurable targets for producing events in a more sustainable manner.  


Sustainability is a priority in Cobo Center

In 2009, Cobo began working with the Smart Buildings Detroit Program, incorporating overall energy improvements into the $279 million 5-year renovation with the help of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Insulation, lighting controls, restructured loading docks, energy saving elevators, escalators and heating/ventilation equipment were some of the physical plant improvements.


In 2011, Cobo Center became the largest Green Venues Michigan certified facility in the state after implementing additional recycle, reuse and reduce measures to divert trash from land-fills.


In 2014, Detroit EcoWorks named Cobo Center a Sustainable Communities Champion for helping to :set an example for what we can accomplish when we unite as a region" in sustainability efforts, and showing everyone that comes to the center "what green renovation can do."

"The application for the APEX venue certification is the next logical step for our Green Committee," said Claude Molinari, assistant general manager of Cobo Center and regional operations director of SMG. "It will organize us in a way that we can offer events coming to Cobo Center, processes and procedures that will give them measured outcomes for recycling and waste stream diversion."

The APEX standards, are the industry's first and only comprehensive standards for environmentally sustainable meetings.  The standards address the scope of the meeting and event planning process, and give meeting and event organizers a comprehensive roadmap for improving and measuring event sustainability on an ongoing basis. 


For more information, to request a facility tour or a private tasting of Cobo Center, please contact Greg DeSandy or call 313-877-8241