A Greener APWA Congress

As primary caretakers for infrastructure, public works departments all over North America are finding new ways to ensure a better tomorrow.

Following the lead of its members, APWA is continuing to step up its efforts to make the Best Show in Public Works more sustainable every year. In the last several years we have implemented the following efforts:

  • Electronic registration
  • Printing on FSC-certified paper made with post-consumer content and renewable energy
  • Printing small Congress Previews and Congress Programs
  • Education sessions focused on green and sustainability issues
  • Electronic speaker files
  • Exercising a green procurement strategy to purchase registration bags, badges and lanyards. Turn them back in to us onsite, and we’ll recycle them!
  • Encouraging Convention Center and official hotels to implement waste reduction, energy and water conservation, and clean air practices
  • Educating exhibitors with tips and best practices on how to “exhibit green”

There are many more ways to make Congress more sustainable every year; we'll be exploring all that are feasible. Before you travel, take a few minutes to figure out your own personal carbon footprint. There are a number of websites that have calculators to assist you with this process. Working together we can all make a difference!

2012 "Green" Exhibitors

The following exhibiting companies indicated they had green products, services or practices.

AMEC Environmental and Infrastructure
AP/M Permaform
AshBritt Environmental
Avanti International
CFA Software, Inc.
ClearSpan Fabric Structures
Contractors-Services, LLC
EnviroTech Services, Inc.
Fusion - Crete
Gallagher Asphalt Corp
Hamilton Kent
Imbrium Systems
Intermountain Slurry Seal
Ivy-It Inc
JMC Group
JWC Environmental
Municipal Energy Solutions
Public Restroom Company
Quest Construction Products
Rinker Materials 
RJN Group, Inc.
Road Kare International
Rubber Pavements Association
Safeway Sign Company
Structural Plastics Corp.
Trimble Navigation
U.S. Flood Control Corp
Upstream Technologies Inc.

Speaker Handouts

In our continuing efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of our meetings and events, we've moved to an "almost paperless" Congress. Speaker handouts may be downloaded from here as they become available. They will be posted before, during and after Congress, so check back often for updates.

Anaheim Convention Center Greening Efforts

In addition to APWA efforts to go green, the Anaheim Convention Center has also adopted green initiatives to protect the environment.

  • The Anaheim Convention Center is a LEED Existing Buildings/Operations and Maintenance certified Building
  • 86% of their ongoing consumable purchases, and 85% of their electronic purchases, meet strict LEED guidelines for sustainability
  • Aramark Leisure Services, the exclusive catering and concessionaire for the Anaheim Convention Center, implemented a sustainability program in 2004.
  • Aramark has also purchased its own herd of free range, grass fed cattle.
  • All toilet paper, paper towels and toilet seat covers are made from 100% recyclable material.
  • Trash compactors are on site that are dedicated to cardboard recycling.
  • Bailers that compress various recyclables such as plastic and aluminum which are then recycled offsite by Anaheim Disposal.
  • All mixed trash is recycled offsite by Anaheim Disposal. 54% of the waste is diverted from the landfill.
  • 78% of cleaning purchases meet strict LEED criteria for sustainability.
  • Anaheim Public Utilities is in the process of changing out the high-energy 8-ft. fluorescent lamps to 4-ft. lamps in the exhibit halls. The 4-ft. lamps generate the same amount of light as the 8-ft. lamps, but consume about a fourth of the energy.
  • All meeting rooms have T8 energy efficient lamps.
  • The lobby area has T5 energy efficient lamps.
  • Exhibit Hall D has photovoltaic panels on the roof which generate electricity resulting in less of a demand on our public utilities.
  • In all lobbies on the 2nd and 3rd floor, switched from 250-watt par 38 lamps to ER 75-30 lamps resulting in approximately 60% savings in electricity.
  • A lighting computer runs the entire building; the computer is programmed to turn the lights on/off as necessary to conserve energy.
  • Installed electronic ballast to save energy on fluorescent and H.I.D fixtures in the exhibit halls.
  • They recycle all used fluorescent and H.I.D. lights, all batteries and all electronic equipment such as computers, VCRs, televisions, and all cardboard.
  • Restrooms are equipped with energy-efficient toilets and motion sensor sinks to conserve water.
  • All lobby carpet on all levels is certified “green.”
  • Where applicable, any outdated HVAC equipment is replaced with energy-efficient models determined by recommendations from the utilities department.
  • Comprehensive employee commuter reduction program with an annual percentage trip reduction of 31%.
  • Water-saving plumbing fixtures and fittings are installed, and have achieved over 30% saving in water consumption.
  • In the process of seeking LED solutions to lighting wherever it is feasible—both indoors and out.
  • Strict energy conservation rules in place regarding the use of the escalators, air conditioning systems, and lighting.
  • In the process of testing a system that allows for chemical-free cooling tower water and promises to save over 6,000,000 gallons of water annually.
  • Compositing area onsite that will convert 100% of food waste into ready-to-use fertilizer ("ecorrect system"); called “The Green Zone.” It also has a baler for plastic bottles, bins where cell phones and electronics may be recycled, bins for glass, and bins for office paper.