SMG, the convention center and facility management firm hired by the Cuyahoga County Convention Facilities Development Corporation (CCCFDC) to manage operations for the Global Center for Health Innovation and the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, recently signed on as a partner with the Cleveland 2030 District, a movement to create high-performance building districts throughout Greater Cleveland with the goal of dramatically reducing the environmental impacts of building construction and operations while increasing Cleveland's competitiveness in the business environment and increasing owners' return on investment.
A LEED Gold Facility, the team works daily to reduce environmental impact, conserving resources, implementing recycling initiatives both internally and for organizations hosting meetings and utilizing environmentally friendly products and practices. A comprehensive co-mingled, single-stream recycling program strives to divert waste from landfills to recycling centers via reducing, reusing, and recycling paper, cardboard, metal, aluminum, glass, and plastic.
With over 325 million square feet of commercial building space in 17 North American cities, 2030 Districts are rapidly emerging as a new model for urban sustainability. Along with Cleveland, other cities involved in the movement include Albuquerque, Austin, Burlington, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ithaca, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, Stamford, and Toronto. 2030 Districts are led by the private sector, with local building industry leaders uniting around a shared vision for sustainability and economic growth – while aligning with local community groups and government to achieve significant energy, water, and emissions reductions within commercial cores. In Cleveland, more than 41 million square feet of building space has been committed to reducing environmental impact, including the Huntington Convention Center and Global Center.
For more information, visit http://www.2030districts.org/
Situated on the north end of the property, just outside the windows of the Grand Ballroom, is a working farm to help produce food in-house for catering purposes. Operated by Levy and SMG, the farm is home to between 500,000-1.5 million honey bees in 13 hives generating more than 2,000 pounds of honey annually, 26 chickens that provide about two dozen eggs daily accounting for a quarter of the facility’s total annual shelled egg use, a variety of raised beds that feature seasonal greens, herbs, and vegetables, and three Mangalista heritage breed pigs.
Levy, the exclusive food and beverage provider for the facility, partners with Chef’s Garden in Huron, a local, family-owned 300-acre vegetable farm, to purchase produce from a source committed to sustainable agriculture utilizing practices that replenish nutrients depleted from the soil and growing crops through natural means. Wherever possible, Levy purchases food products that are sourced locally and responsibly raised, including antibiotic free poultry from Gerber Farms in Kidron and Fresh Fork Market in Ohio City, cage-free eggs, and hormone- and antibiotic-free pork from Cleveland’s Pork Chop Shop.
About the Global Center for Health Innovation
The Global Center for Health Innovation was built in Cleveland to serve as the focal point for healthcare innovation, conventions, and industry-specific meetings, and is home to internationally-recognized brands such as GE Healthcare, Siemens, Philips Healthcare, Cisco Systems, Cardinal Health, and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) along with Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals. The Global Center is home to 45 of the world’s leading healthcare brands and more than 300 industry meetings annually. Each tenant partner space displays innovation and technology contributing to the overall mission of improving patient outcomes and lowering costs for healthcare providers and consumers.
About the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
The Huntington Convention Center provides 225,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 32,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, 35 meeting and breakout rooms, a robust technology package, an expansive truck loading dock, and a 12.5-acre green roof with spectacular views of Lake Erie. The attached 600-room Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel features a 32-story tower filled with guest rooms, meeting space, ballrooms, and multiple dining and entertainment options.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary and founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, amphitheaters, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming; construction and design consulting; and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com.