SAVANNAH, Ga. – Changes as small as new light bulbs and as big as roof-mounted solar panels are part of the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center’s recently announced eco-friendly initiatives. The 330,000-square-foot facility has a comprehensive program to improve energy consumption in all areas of facility management, including energy efficiency, air quality, water conservation and waste management.
“We continually evaluate and implement initiatives that assist us in going green,” said Ronnie Hickman, director of operations for the center. “In fact, with already-in-place practices, the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center reduced total kilowatt hours by 34 percent from 2008 to 2009.”
The center’s facility management company, SMG, gave the company the goal in 2008 to reduce energy by 10 percent each year. Some of the future initiatives include roof-mounted solar panels, installation of high-efficiency, hot-water heaters, and upgrading some light fixtures with energy-efficient fluorescent and LED lighting. A large diameter ceiling fan will also be installed in exhibit halls to reduce electrical use by $19,000.
Occupancy sensors in public restrooms, food donation programs, recycling and other measures continue to keep the facility eco-conscious.
For more information, visit www.savtcc.com.