Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show goes green

Show Management, producer and manager of boat shows, will offset 100 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions from its electricity and fuel usage at the 2010 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, according to a press release from the show.

These carbon offsets will prevent more than 264 tons of global carbon dioxide pollution. With this offset purchase, Show Management helped build the new Greensburg Wind Farm in Greensburg, Kan., by providing essential funding for this new renewable energy project.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, one of the Boat Show’s five locations, is on track to becoming certified by the U.S. Green Building Council in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) for operations and management of an existing building. The Convention Center’s goal is to complete the LEED certification process by the fourth quarter of 2011.

Energy conservation for LEED Certification includes supporting renewable energy by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates for off-site renewable wind energy systems. The Convention Center’s most recent green power purchase will help keep nearly 21 million pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, which can be equated to planting more than 85,000 fully grown trees. The Center also has installed an automated system for temperature and lighting control, and annually recycles an estimated 150 tons of materials.

“The marine industry is all about appreciating and conserving the beauty and wonder of our waterways,” Dane Graziano, senior vice president and COO of Show Management, said in the release. “Supporting eco-friendly initiatives and sustainability of the earth’s natural resources is a logical priority for the Boat Show and the hundreds of industry vendors who participate each year.”

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show takes place this year at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, the Las Olas Municipal Marina, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, and the Broward County Convention Center.

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