Colorado Convention Center Earns LEED Certification

The Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver has been awarded LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), it announced last month, making it the largest LEED-certified building in Colorado and one of the three largest LEED-certified convention centers in the country.

"LEED certification confirms the Colorado Convention Center's national leadership in sustainable operation," said Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. "It is an objective standard that illustrates Denver's progress in becoming a more sustainable city to millions of visitors each year."

In pursuit of LEED credentials, the Colorado Convention Center — which underwent a $340 million expansion in 2004 — has made "significant reductions" in energy consumption, according to convention center officials, as well as gains in the areas of sustainable purchasing, green cleaning, building occupant comfort, air quality and waste diversion. As a result, it's reduced its carbon emissions by over 26 percent.

"The recent renovation and expansion of the Colorado Convention Center created a truly magnificent space for over a million visitors every year," said Colorado Convention Center General Manager John Adams. "With the award of the LEED-EB certification, we reaffirm our commitment to our customers to maintain the Colorado Convention Center as one of the healthiest and environmentally responsible meeting facilities in the nation."