Food at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, just got a little greener thanks to the addition of a hydroponic micro-greens garden, the facility announced yesterday.
Designed by the convention center's food and beverage partner, Aramark, the garden is irrigated with residual water and valuable nutrients that are redirected from the convention center's EcoVim composting machines. Water from the composting process is captured and piped into the garden to grow a variety of herbs for use in the facility's food and beverage program. The garden's first crop of micro-beet greens, for instance, included red amaranth, arugula, and mustard greens that were used in assorted salads and sandwiches.
"The Anaheim Convention Center is constantly evaluating ways to incorporate new sustainable practices that keep us on the cutting edge," Aramark General Manager Jim Tripp said in a statement. "As part of our partnership with the Anaheim Convention Center, we have continually identified opportunities to incorporate practices that positively impact our planet. This new micro-green gardens is just the latest addition in a list of sustainable practices we've employed here in Anaheim since 2007."
Added Mike Dziurgot, facility services and sustainability manager at the Anaheim Convention Center, "We are once again proud that through our long-standing partnership with Aramark, we continue to lead by example toward a more sustainable future. This is just the latest in a long line of operational innovations which have helped position us as one of the greenest convention centers in the world. With this system, we can serve our guests a higher-quality food product which is not only fresher due to zero travel time, but also helps to minimize our use of water and fuel, thereby maximizing our positive impact on the planet."MeetingNews Minute is now 30 Seconds to Smart. Up your meetings-industry IQ now!