Environmental Sustainability at Ontario Convention Center
Ontario Convention Center is committed to reducing our environmental impact. We do so through ongoing efforts to save energy and water, recycle, purchase environmentally preferable products, and help raise awareness of environmental issues. Here are just a few of the projects we have implemented to minimize our environmental impact:
- Use reclaimed water for watering our landscape
- New landscape features drought resistant plants
- Installed 36 waterless urinals throughout the facility
- Use reclaimed water for the water feature
- Installation of solar panels was completed in 2015
- Reduce lighting levels when clients are moving in and setting up
- Air conditioning is not run until the actual event time to reduce electrical usage
- Reduced the length of time the irrigation system runs
- Changed our sprinklers to bubblers to prevent water loss
- Energy efficient thermoplastic, poured in place, white reflective roof
- Variable frequency drives on convention center air handlers, largest chiller, cooling towers and water pumps, which lower the building's electrical usage
- Sensory light switches in storage rooms and restrooms
- Building automation system to oversee the use of heat, light and power for all meeting and exhibit space to ensure efficient use
- Participant in the daily energy demands increase in peak seasons, we voluntarily decrease our electrical usage
- Purchase only sustainable and environmentally sound seafood products
- Work with environmentally friendly suppliers
- Donate excess product to outreach programs for the elderly and less fortunate
- Purchase locally grown products and organic produce whenever possible
- Use only recyclable disposable wares
Recycling Efforts include:
- Paper and cardboard recycling
- All computer parts and components
- Supplies for all printer toner cartridges
- Battery recycling
We are continually striving to increase our Green program! In addition we utilize our media assets to help educate and remind the general public of sustainable programs. Every little bit helps overall and we encourage our clients and community to be a part of saving energy, reducing water use, and recycling.
What You Can Do
We’re doing our part to reduce our environmental impact and hope you will join us in our efforts. Here are a few tips how you can make a difference:
- Consider walking, biking, taking public transit, or carpooling to avoid traffic, save on gas and parking, and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Use only as many disposable items (e.g., paper towels, napkins, utensils) as you need
- Turn off water faucets when you’re finished
- Let us know if you spot any leaks or water run off
- When necessary to replace - use energy efficient appliances
- Sort and recycle waste at home and use appropriate receptacles at public places
- Adjust your thermostat, only use when you are home
California Solar Industry Facts
· There are currently more than 2,182 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in California, employing 54,700 people.
· In 2014, California installed 4,316 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 1st nationally.
· The 9,977 MW of solar energy currently installed in California ranks the state 1st in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 2,424,000 homes.
· In 2014, $11.75 billion was invested on solar installations in California. This represents a 66% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
· Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in California have fallen by 3% in the last year. National Prices have also dropped steadily -- by 8% from last year and 49% from 2010.
Facts provided by SEIA