Oregon Convention Center Hires First Sustainability Coordinator

As part of its ongoing commitment to green meetings and sustainability, the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., has hired Brittin Witzenburg as its first sustainability coordinator, it announced early this month.

Witzenburg previously worked as an energy analyst for the Oregon Department of Energy, where she helped facilities across the state identify and implement energy efficiency projects. In her new position, she will manage existing practices and policies that reduce waste at the Oregon Convention Center through reuse, recycle and compost strategies. Additionally, she will help research and implement cost-effective ideas to help the convention center further shrink its carbon footprint.

"The creation of a new position designed solely to enhance the sustainable practices of the Oregon Convention Center is a significant step," Jeff Blosser, executive director of the Oregon Convention Center, said in a statement. "To date, we have each done our part to learn how to become 'green;' now, we'll have the valuable benefit of Brittin's expertise and experience to guide us."

As Mimegasite.com reported last month, the Oregon Convention Center was recently recertified with a LEED-EB Silver rating from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the nation's first convention center to achieve recertification at a higher LEED rating.