Branson Convention Center Implements New Sustainability Plan

Branson Convention Center

After months of research and planning, an employee-led task force has begun implementing sustainability initiatives at the Branson Convention Center in Branson, Mo., venue management company SMG announced yesterday.

"SMG has a long history worldwide of conducting business with a focus on being environmentally friendly," said Branson Convention Center General Manager Marc Mulherin. "When SMG transitioned into the management role with the convention center we knew launching this task force would be one of our first priorities."

The initiatives of the Branson Convention Center's sustainability plan include turning off lights in unoccupied rooms, using non-toxic chemicals for cleaning, and installing LED light bulbs. More unique efforts affect when the escalators run and the scheduling of the HVAC.

"Escalators use a tremendous amount of electricity," Mulherin said. "By turning off the escalators and slightly lowering or raising temperatures when certain areas are not being used we can really reduce our resource consumption in a significant manner."

Other efforts include composting and recycling. "Almost 75 percent of the waste generated by commercial food operations can be composted," the convention center explained in a press release. "Food waste composting reduces waste disposal costs, conserves landfill space, and highlights the commitment the Branson Convention Center is making to being green."

The Branson Convention Center now recycles nearly a dozen different materials, including everything from paper to light bulbs. Since Sept. 1, it said, it has diverted over 900 pounds of glass from landfills.

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