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Visit Baltimore, , the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, the Baltimore Convention Center (BCC) and hospitality businesses are working closely with meeting professionals to provide greener experiences. From the BCC to the Maryland Green Travel program, a number of initiatives are in place to help offset our carbon footprint and foster green meetings.

The BCC is committed to building, implementing and expanding on an innovative environmental management system that sustains the needs of the Center’s daily operations; meets the standards of the City of Baltimore’s sustainability efforts; and serves to educate and benefit its staff, industry partners and clientele on the importance of the reduction of their carbon footprint. The Center has “gone green” on a number of fronts, including:

Waste Management: Reduction and Diversion
The Center uses single-stream recycling throughout the building and conducts annual waste audits to ensure it continues to meet or exceed its target waste diversion rate. Additional programs, including a pallet disposal program, cardboard baler, scrap metal and recycling are in effect.

A Solid Waste Reduction System (SOMAT) DeHydrator system reduces all compostable material processed by an eight-to-one ratio. The nitrogen-rich by-product is used as an additive for the facility’s gardens. /p>

Energy Conservation
A Constellation Energy conservation agreement provided upgrades to the facility’s lighting, heating and water systems, which will produce a 20 percent reduction in energy usage.

Environmental Design
Water consumption reduction is implemented through a highly efficient irrigation system consisting of timed sprinklers, drip irrigation and sensors, as well as water-saving devices for toilets, urinals and faucets in all restrooms.

The Center’s outdoor terrace is also equipped with a drought-resistant vegetative roofing pavilion and rainwater recapturing system.

Air Quality
An energy management system ensures air quality performance throughout the facility.

Responsible Procurement Processes
The Center prioritizes sustainable purchasing systems and supports buying local whenever possible.

The healthiest and least harmful cleaning products and cleaning practices are utilized throughout the facility.

Recycled, recyclable and biodegradable products are utilized in facility operations.

Continuing Education
Green Action Teams ensure each department is doing what is necessary to contribute to and grow the Center’s sustainability programs.

Involvement with the Community
The Center plays a leadership role working in tandem with the City of Baltimore, industry partners and clientele to ensure that green meeting practices are met. It furthers its green initiatives through volunteerism, food donations, reuse of composting materials and involvement in other programs that reinforce stewardship.

Visit Baltimore Sustainability Policy
Visit Baltimore is committed to sustainable development and ecologically-friendly practices and is dedicated to reducing our environmental impact, we encourage our partners and community to join in this effort. It is our goal to provide resources for our event planners to help them reduce their carbon footprint while they host their meetings and events in our city.

Vision
Our vision is to make the City more attractive to the eco-minded traveler by partnering with environmentally-friendly businesses and organizations and also encouraging environmentally friendly practices within our organization

Principles
Visit Baltimore’s five values include teamwork, integrity, accountably, diversity and communication which will be applied to our vision

Important Issues
Safety and security, cleanliness, attractiveness, accessibility

Our Ability and Duty to Act
Visit Baltimore strives to promote the Baltimore region as an ideal place for conventions, meetings, groups and individual leisure travel by offering our visitors a City that is safe, clean and easy to navigate

Objectives and Goals
We commit to:

  1. Ensure our supply chain has responsible social and environmental practices. We will strive, where feasible and at least 30% of purchases, to purchase environmentally preferable products and services that meet Visit Baltimore’s needs.
    1. Products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or are made with renewable energy
    2. Products that reduce the use of chemicals that are hazardous to the environment and employee and public health
    3. Products that contain the highest possible percentage of postconsumer recycled content
    4. Products that reduce air and water pollution
    5. Products that reduce waste
    6. Suppliers who strive to improve their environmental performance and provide environmentally preferable products, and who can document the supply-chain impacts of their efforts
    7. Reusable products
    8. Products that serve several functions (e.g., copier/printers, multipurpose cleaners) and reduce the overall number of products purchased
    9. Products that are recyclable or compostable
  2. Encourage employees to search for Eco-Friendly hotels and methods of transportation by doing an advanced search in websites like Travelocity.com or ecogreenhotel.com
  3. Give back to our community by volunteering and donating resources
    1. As an organization we support the United Way
    2. Around the holiday season we will choose a non-profit to give to
    3. We will continue to donate office supplies to a hospitality industry school
    4. Staff will receive one day off per year for volunteering 8 hours or more
  4. Communicate our convention and meeting profiles with the Baltimore community by electronically sending conference/event resumes detailing sustainability objectives
  5. Continue to work with community service organizations that accept event-related donation streams (food and other materials) and to connect these organizations with our clients
    1. Offer volunteer opportunities to our clients
    2. Work with our hotel partners to encourage their green initiatives
  6. Attempt to hire within Baltimore City to reduce emissions from commuter vehicles

Community service organizations that accept event-related donation streams including food and other materials

 

Volunteer opportunities available for meetings and events

 

Maryland Green Travel, launched by the State of Maryland, encourages environmentally friendly practices in all aspects of the state’s tourism industry and promotes Maryland as a green destination to the eco-minded traveler. The Maryland Office of Tourism Development created the program in partnership with the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Tourism Council. Visit www.visitmaryland.org/green to find information about the state’s green programs and listings of certified members of the hospitality industry actively involved, including LEED-Certified Hotels in Baltimore.

- See more at: http://baltimore.org/info/green-baltimore#sthash.rBYArIux.dpuf

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