• The Wild Go Green

     
    POSTED October 3, 2019
     

This October, the Xcel Energy Center and Saint Paul RiverCentre will celebrate a decade since the launch of their unrivaled sustainability program, as well as their recent LEED Platinum Certification. 

Since 2009, Xcel Energy Center and Saint Paul RiverCentre have recycled more than 4,050 tons of material, composted more than 2,665 tons, donated 312 tons of leftover food, generated more than 12 million kWh of renewable energy, and upgraded more than 8,600 lights to more energy efficient technology.   

To celebrate such a milestone, Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul RiverCentre and the Minnesota Wild will be hosting a variety of celebratory events and initiatives, some of which include: a staff-wide day of service, posting on social media with the hashtag #LEEDbyExample, and a ‘Green Night’ hosted by the Wild on March 23rd that will incorporate sustainability themes into the Wild experience.  

In addition to the festivities, Xcel Energy Center and Saint Paul RiverCentre are also celebrating their LEED Certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system is for buildings and communities dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life. While a platinum certification is an accomplishment in its own right, it’s worth noting that Xcel Energy Center is the only NHL building in the United States to be certified LEED Platinum for Building Operations and Maintenance.  

With Xcel Energy Center and Saint Paul RiverCentre constantly working to make sustainable living a part of their culture, it’s no wonder they have so much to be proud of, and with the backing of the public behind them, it’s sure to only get better. Saint Paul RiverCentre General Manager and Minnesota Wild VP of Facility Administration, Jim Ibister, says that their future plans include continuing to lead in the UNFCC Sports for Climate Action Initiative, something the Minnesota Wild is already a member of.  

A prime site for conventions, trade shows and exhibitions, the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) recognizes that it has a unique opportunity to impact the lives of millions of guests and community members that step through its doors every year. That’s why the center has recently collected and donated 14.1 tons of remaining event items and 12 tons of carpet to various Los Angeles-based nonprofit organizations, in alignment with their commitment to zero-waste initiatives.

 

As with most facets of the meetings and events industry, the art of managing an event budget is a true balancing act. And while it’s easy to get wrapped up in the nitty-gritty, Eventbrite revealed a pleasant surprise in its 2018 Pulse Report (which surveyed 1,200 planners), finding that event budgets overall appear to be on the rise. But where exactly are those budget dollars going these days and how can planners best spend to craft memorable moments?

 

According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, about 1.5 million Illinois workers are employed in the food and fiber system, ranking it as one of the top states in dependency on agriculture. The state’s 72,500 farms utilize 75 percent of Illinois land, including some of the most fertile soil in the world. While nicknamed “The Prairie State,” Illinois is truly a land of plenty and a hub for agritourism—with some of the largest agriculture-focused events (holding the potential for major economic impact) taking place inside its borders.