"Minimizing our footprint on the environment while meeting the needs of the present without compromising our future."- Operation Mean Green
With over 600,000 square feet of space the Albuquerque Convention Center (ACC) has the potential to leave a huge footprint on our environment. Knowing that is the case, the ACC has taken a proactive approach in fighting waste in its public space with the creation of "Operation Mean Green".
Operation Mean Green is dedicated to the three-R's: REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE. Since its inception in October of 2007, Operation Mean Green and the ACC have reduced, reused or recycled the following*:
- Recycled over 900 tons of materials (paper, plastic, aluminum and cardboard)
- Reduced 30% of its total waste that was being diverted to local landfills
- Donated 17 tons of food items to local charities and food banks
- Composted over 25 tons of food, paper and waxed cardboard products
*Statistics are based on numbers as of June 2012.
The ACC, professionally managed by SMG, understands its responsibility to reduce its footprint on our local environment. We have made a commitment to this effort and will continue to develop new concepts and practices to further enhance our efforts.
The Three R's
- Coreless paper products in restrooms to minimize waste
- Infra-red water faucets and aerators in restrooms and dressing rooms
- Low-flow toilets
- Low-water plants and Xeriscape landscaping
- Food & beverage operation serves condiments in bulk to minimize packaging waste
- Utilizing china, glass and silverware for catered functions
- An energy-smart HVAC system which provided effective and efficient heating and cooling
- Use of compact fluorescent light bulbs in hallways and lobby areas
- Not operating lights, air, heat and escalators in non-occupied areas
- Solar reflective roof coating to reduce the heat load during the summer months
- Use of "green" housekeeping products
- Participation in the City's "Act Now" program, encouraging staff to use alternative modes of transportation to improve air quality and decrease traffic congestion in the Albuquerque area.
- Participation in the City of Albuquerque's Water Watch Program by serving water on tables by request only
- A commitment to use food products from local farmers and producers
- State-of-the art dishwashing equipment which reuses its own water supply instead of constantly refilling
- Re-use single-sided white bond paper to print non-essential documents
- Food and beverage disposable containers made of biodegradable materials such as corn starch
- A commitment to develop a composting program in the near future
- Providing complimentary water stations throughout the Center to encourage reusing water bottles
- Recycling containers throughout the Center to recycle aluminum and plastic
- Mandatory recycling of wood pallets, cardboard and paper for all general service contractors
- Kitchen grease recycling
- Recycling 90% of white paper use in the Administration Office