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Green Convention Centers and Where to Stay Nearby

Hosting an event at a LEED-certified venue is a great way to incorporate sustainability practices into your organization and bolster your environmental, social and governance framework. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the U.S. Green Building Council is a global building certification denoting sustainable design, construction and operations. For organizations looking to reduce their environmental impact, here are five LEED-certified convention centers to consider with recommendations on where to stay nearby through the independent hotels in the Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio:

Oregon Convention Center

The Oregon Convention Center (OCC) was the first convention center to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification and has long since been at the forefront of green building and environmentally responsible business practices. As one of the largest event venues in the Pacific Northwest, OCC’s amenities include two ballrooms, 255,000 square feet of flexible exhibit space and 52 meeting rooms.

Just a short walk away are a variety of luxury accommodations – including the boutique Hotel Lucia, renowned for its expansive photography collection and eclectic style, and Dossier, which perfectly embodies Portland’s cultural ethos and immerses travelers into the city’s culture and cuisine.

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Located in the heart of historic downtown San Antonio, Texas, the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center (HBGCC) is committed to sustainable practices including waste reduction and energy and water conservation. In 2017, HBGCC underwent an extensive renovation and expansion, earning a silver LEED certification for its sustainable building design and operation. The expansion also resulted in an additional 800,000 square feet of new construction. From ballrooms and theatres, to meeting rooms and cafes, HBGCC has a variety of green meetings spaces.  

Nearby, meeting-goers can stay at La Cantera Resort & Spa. Overlooking 550 acres of lush Texas Hill Country, the premier luxury resort features a 25,000 square foot destination spa, an 18-hole championship golf course and a signature restaurant.

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

At the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), energy, water and waste conservation are at the core of its daily operating strategy. This commitment to minimizing power consumption earned BCEC a silver LEED certification in 2016. At this green convention center, visitors will find a 40,020 square-foot ballroom offering breathtaking views of Boston Seaport District, 516,000 square feet of exhibit space and 82 state-of-the-art meeting rooms.

Less than a mile away is the Boston Harbor Hotel, offering lavish accommodations, stunning waterfront views and ocean-to-table dining experiences.

Phoenix Convention Center

Boasting flexible event facilities, up-to-date technology, state-of-the-art catering and an easily accessible location, The Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona is a premier meeting and event space built to withstand the environmental tests of the future. The LEED-certified convention center prioritizes energy efficiency, continuous indoor air quality and water conservation, while providing more than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space, 81 meeting rooms and two large ballrooms.

A short drive away, visitors can stay at the iconic Mountain Shadows Resort. There, meeting-goers can enjoy striking desert views, dine at Hearth ‘61, play a round at The Short Course or relax poolside.  

Seattle Convention Center

The Seattle Convention Center (SCC), previously known as the Washington State Convention Center, is a LEED-certified convention center prioritizing waste minimization, renewable resources, green operations, carbon management and green suppliers. Together, the original Arch building and the Summit, SCC’s addition, cover 1.5 million square feet, creating an expansive meeting campus.

Just a few steps away, visitors can stay at Hotel Theodore, where they can enjoy modern amenities, a museum-curated collection of art and regional cuisine at the newly reopened Rider restaurant. Ideally located, the downtown hotel also offers easy access to Seattle’s best attractions.

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