SEPG North America 2011 Conference Venues: On the Pulse of Sustainability

It’s no coincidence that the SEPG North America 2011 official conference color is green. Our official conference hotel and convention center make it easy to be green.

Built with sustainable products and systems, the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) and Travel Portland have collaborated to establish Portland as the leading destination for green meetings. The OCC was recently recertified with the LEED-EB Silver rating from the United States Green Building Council, making it the first convention center in the nation to achieve recertification at a higher rating.

The Oregon Convention Center manages an extensive material and waste recycling and recovery program that includes pre- and post-consumer organic waste, cardboard, newspaper, cans, plastics, glass bottles, wood pallets, cooking oil, and landscaping trimmings. During set-up and tear-down, SEPG North America 2011 exhibitors will find dedicated recycling containers for paper and cardboard materials. All public spaces, including the areas near Exhibit Hall E and the session rooms, have convenient, clearly marked recycling barrels for waste disposal.

As the first Green Seal Certified hotel in Oregon, the Doubletree Hotel Portland is known for being a pioneer in the travel industry. Some of its environmental accolades include diverting 68% of its overall waste stream from landfills; composting an average of 14-17 tons per month; reducing water use by 15%, and energy use by 32%; offsetting 25% of its annual electricity use by purchasing 900,000 kWh of renewable power; and purchasing 65% of its food products seasonally within a 500-mile region. Do your part by reusing towels and linens, eliminating the need for daily laundering.

We encourage you to be responsible environmental stewards and participate in the sustainable practices set forth by the OCC and the Doubletree Hotel Portland.

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