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Advances In Sustainability

Our destination has a history of moving the needle

In recent years, Orlando’s tourism industry has been at the forefront of sustainable practices that further enhance the visitor experience, while also benefitting area residents and the Central Florida environment as a whole.

Here are just a few examples of our destination taking the lead on sustainability:

• Harris Rosen’s three convention hotels were the first in Florida to receive the state’s “Three Palm” designation for remarkable conservation practices. Today, more than 100 area hotels have earned a spot on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Lodging list.

• The Amway Center, which uses 20 percent less energy and 40 percent less water than similarly sized arenas, was the NBA’s first facility to be awarded LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

• Orlando International Airport, as its sustainability management plan points out, “incorporated sustainable concepts into its original design at a time when environmental awareness was still in its infancy.” The airport has also cut energy use by 20.5 percent per passenger since 2010.

• Finally, the Orange County Convention Center — the world’s largest LEED Gold-certified convention facility — was the first building of its kind to receive ISO certification for its recycling program. A 6,000-panel rooftop solar array helps keep the Convention Center 87 percent more energy efficient than similar buildings, and 100 percent reclaimed water irrigates its 400-acre campus. Working with clients and contractors, OCCC has reduced event waste by 53 percent since 2004.

Across Orlando’s tourism landscape, being “green” not only makes business sense but also is the right thing to do. As our destination’s commitment to sustainability increases, so, too, will its appeal.

George AgUel

President & CEO of Visit Orlando

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