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Spectra Total Environmental Plan

Sustainability has become an ever present initiative in the venue management industry as it exemplifies the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. Spectra and the Duke Energy Convention Center, in particular, have made great strides in diverting waste from our landfills and stretching energy efficiency goals to make a positive impact.

The following accomplishments highlight the initiatives of the Center:

  • Installation of a 101.0 kw DC photovoltaic solar array on the roof of the Exhibit Halls
  • LED lighting upgrade in 1st floor Exhibit Halls
  • Green certified soap and eco-friendly paper products in all public restrooms
  • Recycling of used cooking oil
  • Front of house composting to encourage attendees to contribute to conservation        
  • Multi-stream recycling units

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For assistance accessing the content in this PDF, please contact: Director of Operations, Matt Deaton at matt_deaton@comcastspectacor.com DECC GOES GREEN Sustainability has become an ever present initiative in the venue management industry as it exemplifies the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. Spectra and the Duke Energy Convention Center, in particular, have made great strides in diverting waste from our landfills and stretching energy efficiency goals to make a positive impact through our company-wide conservation program, STEP UP. Some highlights of our efforts at the DECC include: • In 2011, the DECC completed the installation of a 101.0 kW DC photovoltaic solar array on the roof of the Exhibit Halls. Since May 18, 2011 through FY 2015, the system has generated 510,662.03kwh, which is the equivalent of the following: o 2,91460 watt bulbs for 1 year of 8 hour/day use o 366 Tons of CO2 saved o 41,363 gallons of gas saved o Total CO2 offset equals 9,191 trees View current energy output here. • Spectra's DECC staff works diligently to divert waste from landfills. Since 2010, we have diverted 311.32 tons of waste from landfill. Current diversion items include: o Co-mingling recycling items (glass, paper, aluminum, plastic), cardboard, and compostable food waste o Other items include used cooking oil, old electronic equipment, lamps and bulbs, batteries, and unused food from events. In addition, we also divert bulk items left over from the events we host. • LED lighting upgrades including the first floor Exhibit Halls resulting in 526 metric tons of CO2 emissions saved. • A cardboard bailer has been installed on the loading dock. It is estimated that over the course of a year, the DECC will produce more than 50 tons in recycled cardboard. Staff has been trained in the use of the bailer and the decorators and vendors who utilize the facility have been informed of its presence. • All public restrooms use green certified GOJO soap and eco-friendly tissue paper and paper towels. • Only low or non-VOC paint products are used. • Products purchased from recycled materials include copier paper, note pads, direct mail brochures, annual report documents and plastic pens. • Utility costs have been reduced by 19% annually, resulting in $265,000 in savings. Future initiatives include: • Green Info wall-A living wall to showcase the DECC green initiatives for guests of the DECC. • Front of House Composting-This will increase our impact, and encourage attendees to contribute to conservation. • Additional Multi Stream Receptacles for Exhibit Halls-20 additional recycling units are being purchased to aid diversion in the Exhibit Halls. These will be in addition to the 29 units already existing throughout the lobby areas. ray Convention Center MEE • MEE MEM MEM MEM • i diliri i I N ME • • • • • ME

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