Sustainable Event Tips

By selecting the LEED® Platinum Certified David L. Lawrence Convention Center, you commit to a healthier environment.

With our commitment to sustainability, your event’s carbon imprint is reduced with no additional cost to you. The DLCC has the operations in place to produce an environmentally friendly event.

To assist in reducing your carbon imprint, your event manager will request you to:

  • Define hours of building operations so the DLCC operations staff can set the building systems according to occupancy and your attendee profile.
  • Encourage attendees to comply with the posted signage to recycle all products, including food waste.
  • Include our special recycling information in your event notices, bulletins, and exhibitor kits.
  • Take advantage of our complimentary water stations to reduce bottled water offerings.
  • Work with our food service provider, Levy Convention Centers, in planning meals to use locally grown products and understand the importance of purchasing in bulk.
  • Acknowledge to your attendees the ease of Pittsburgh downtown walking accessibility to over 175 restaurants, 40 cultural & entertainment attractions, three major sport arenas as well as, several miles of riverfront trails. 

A carbon imprint or footprint is a measure of the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted through the combustion of fossil fuels.

Other suggestions to reduce your carbon imprint to produce a more sustainable event:

  • Recycle your badge holders.
  • Use recycled materials for tote bags and lanyards (ie: organic cotton bags).
  • Consider using a local printer and other Pittsburgh suppliers to reduce transportation.
  • Use 100% post-consumer paper with soy based ink.
  • Use signboard made of 100% recyclable board (ie: Cloraplast).
  • Use locally grown seasonal flowers for centerpieces instead of hot house-forced ones.
  • Use biodegradable string (ie: cotton, sisal, jute), not plastic.
  • Use starch-based, biodegradable packing peanuts for shipping. They dissolve in water, are non-toxic, and can be composted.
  • Use biodegradable cellulose available for shrink-wrapping. Avoid polystyrene, plastic wrapping and bubblewrap.