U.S. EPA Awards SMG and Moscone Center for Environmental Achievement
Sustainable building helps to protect the environment through sustainable practices
SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 16, 2009 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pacific Southwest Region 9 awarded SMG and The Moscone Center the prestigious 2009 Environmental Achievement Award for distinguishing itself as a sustainable building that has helped to protect the
“This year's winners and nominees have made superb efforts to protect and preserve our air, water and land, and increased awareness of the environmental challenges we all face,” said Laura Yoshii, the U.S. EPA's acting administrator for the Pacific Southwest region, “It is a great pleasure and honor that we can recognize the innovative and important environmental work achieved by this year’s impressive group of organizations and individuals, and the example they set for all of us to follow.”
“SMG promotes and supports business practices at Moscone Center, which minimize environmental impact, benefit the local community and make economic sense. The success achieved at the Moscone Center is due to the close collaboration of numerous players including SMG staff, show management, contractors, attendees, exhibitors, the Public Utilities Commission, the City and County of San Francisco, and hundreds of workers from the labor unions represented at the Moscone Center,” said Dick Shaff, Vice
President and General Manager.
Sustainable purchasing, green cleaning, and management of toxic materials are all practiced throughout the facility. From energy efficiency and resource conservation practices in lighting and water management to the 2004 installation of a 675 kilowatt peak solar energy system, the building actively manages energy and resource usage to be as efficient as possible. Water management includes drip irrigation landscaping, low flush valve plumbing and water saving devices in restrooms.
Moscone Center’s recycling program is celebrating its tenth year. The program’s scope has grown to handle more than 20 materials for diversion or donation. In the past two years, the diversion rate has surpassed 60% with over 20% representing donated goods benefitting the local community.
The 2009 U.S. EPA's Environmental Achievement Award was presented at U.S. EPA Pacific SouthwestRegion 9 office April 16, 2009 in San Francisco, Calif.
The Pacific Southwest’s Environmental Achievement Awards program acknowledges commitment andsignificant contributions to the environment in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Pacific Islands and
The Moscone Center is owned by the City and County of San Francisco and is operated by SMG. SMG is
a private management company and currently operates over 200 facilities worldwide.