Gwinnett County is the home of one of Northeast's Atlanta's only LEED-certified meeting destinations, the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Two of our other major meeting/sports venues, the Gwinnett Center and Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves baseball team, have made environmental responsibility and sustainability part of both their building specifications as well as their business environment.
GWINNETT CENTER ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES:
- Paper, cardboard and aluminum recycling
- Recycling of all printer cartridges, copier toner, lamps and batteries
- Recycled copier paper
- Recycled paper housekeeping products
- "Green Certified" environmental friendly chemicals for cleaning
- Landscape irrigation from reclaimed lake water
- Carbon filters on faucets and fountains for cleaner drinking water
- Cooling towers that save over 500,000 gallons of water per year
- Biodegradable paper products used by Proof of the Pudding
- Hand dryers that use 80% less energy than warm air dryers
- Energy efficient lighting throughout the building and parking desk
- Evaporative dryers that use less energy and emit less heat
COOLRAY FIELD ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES
- All irrigation and toilet water in the ballpark is reclaimed water. Storm and waste water filters through a 5,750-foot network of underground pipes and into a retention pipe that is 12 feet in diameter. The system is expected to save a minimum of 650,000 gallons of water per year.
- All structural steel in the building is made from recycled steel.
- The carpet in the offices, clubhouse and club levels is all made from recycled material.
- The statium's cleaning supplies are all eco-friendly: green certified Optimum Hand Soap, green certified degreaser and green certified paper towels and toilet paper.
- A proactive recycling program is in place that encourages fans, employees and even players to remember to use the recycling bins placed around the ballpark.