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Knoxville awarded LEED certification

Courtesy Knoxville Convention Center

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Green initiatives taken by the Knoxville Convention Center have not only lowered the facility’s carbon footprint, but have also altered the monthly utility bill from $100,000 to around $30,000. The U.S. Green Building Council recognized the center’s decade-long efforts by awarding the LEED Silver Certification for its sustainable green operational policies.

A ceremony on June 27 celebrated the achievement. The 500,000-square-foot venue is the first convention center in Tennessee with LEED certification.

“The Convention Center is committed to being a facility that takes the environmental impact of its operations very seriously, and our sustainable practices are intricately woven into our everyday operations,” said Mary Bogert, general manager. “This certification demonstrates our commitment.”

A 450-panel rooftop photovoltaic system, new energy-efficient boilers, retrofitted lights and a 30-ton air-cooled chiller helped the center gain its LEED certification.

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