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 June 06, 2013
Tampa Convention Center Approved As Energy Star Partner

 The waterfront Tampa Convention Center (TCC) in downtown Tampa, Fla. has been approved as an ENERGY STAR PARTNER. Joining more than 15,000 organizations that have partnered with ENERGY STAR, TCC is dedicated to improving and promoting energy efficiency within the four-level, 600,000-square-foot convention center. The center is ranked in the 84th percentile of efficiency when compared to other buildings of similar size and type of operation.

"The ENERGY STAR partnership is a result of our ongoing commitment to the environment," said Eric Blanc, CMP, Director of Sales, Marketing, and Convention Services at Tampa Convention Center. "Our team has initiated a number of green initiatives, from recycling to reducing waste, and this new partnership will allow us to take our energy efficiency to new heights."

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that encourages companies to protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. As part of the partnership, TCC will measure and track their energy performance, create and implement an energy management plan, and support the ENERGY STAR Challenge, a national call-to-action for commercial and industrial buildings to improve their energy efficiency by 10 percent or more.

In addition to joining the ENERGY STAR program, TCC is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and has taken the first steps in becoming LEED certified. Additionally, the convention center features sensor-activated light fixtures in restrooms and nine acres of energy-star-rated reflective roof covering, reducing heat load up to 15 percent. They also recycle annually more than 1,000 cubic yards of aluminum, plastic and mixed-paper products.

Tampa Convention Center

Centrally located on the sparkling waterfront of Tampa's Hillsborough River, the Tampa Convention Center is dedicated to providing meeting planners, attendees and exhibitors a five-star resort experience. With its breathtaking views, extraordinary culinary team, professional concierge desk and easy access to area restaurants and attractions, the four-level, 600,000-square-foot convention center enjoys many of the attributes travelers look for in Florida's finest five-star resorts.