The Lakeland Center is Committed to “GREEN” Initiatives!

We strive to develop ways that protect our environment and save valuable energy. We are committed to superior events and quality entertainment while protecting our environment in the process. Currently, The Lakeland Center is providing several ways for our clients and patrons to help us improve of green initiatives.

Energy Conservation
In partnership with Sun Edison, The Lakeland Center has embarked on a $2 million dollar installation of state-of-the-art solar panels providing valuable GREEN energy. Panels located on our Sikes Hall roof generate more than 250,000 watts (or 24 megawatts) of solar energy each year.  The harvested solar energy provides enough clean, environmentally friendly power to sustain 7,200 homes. More than 1000 solar panels have been installed covering approximately one acre of rooftop space. The panels utilize the latest photovoltaic technology  and are engineered to withstand wind up to 120 mph.
Over 20 years,  the 24 megawatts produced by The Lakeland Center solar panels will have the solar capacity  estimated to produce enough zero-emission solar electricity  to offset nearly 807 million pounds of carbon dioxide produced by traditional energy sources.
Other Lakeland Center Energy Conservation Measures:
Equipment is unplugged when not in use
Computers are put on “sleep mode” instead of fully shut down
Lights are shut off if room is unoccupied
Limited number of light bulbs used in each room decreasing wasted light energy.
Air Conditioning thermostats are set back to 75° depending on event.
We currently use a combination of MERV 7 and MERV 8 air filters.
Maximizes natural light when possible
Energy saver light bulbs are used in all areas
Energy saver copy machine with automatic sleep sensor

Recycling
Lakeland Center is committed to the philosophy of “reduce, reuse and recycle. Several convenient recycle stations have been placed throughout the center encouraging patrons to follow our green initiatives.
The Lakeland Center Recycles the following materials:
All paper
Plastic Bottles
Glass Bottles and Jars
Aluminum cans
Magazines
Non-reusable cardboard (boxes)
Brochures and pamphlets
Junk mail
 
Water Conservation
The Lakeland Center has undergone a major refurbishment of our bathroom facilities. Low flow aerators have been installed on all faucets and toilets saving up to 50% more water. We all utilize a large selection of green products in our public facilities.
Green products we use:
Green Seal foam soap in restrooms
Green Seal cleaning products
North River Cascades paper towels and bathroom tissue
PVC free, non-toxic and chlorine free
Green Seal Certified” Go-Jo™ hand sanitizers

Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose  
Whiteboards are available instead of paper flipcharts
Encourage double sided paper printing
Serve filtered water instead of bottled water (whenever possible)
Documents are E-mailed instead of printed as much as possible
Reuse cardboard boxes and packing materials
Most brochures and exhibitor information are available online
Biodegradable and recyclable utensils, cups, and serving plates available
Our Milliken carpet is biodegradable and is made from 100% recyclable material.
Green Catering Initiatives provided by Spectra Food Services 
Recyclable/biodegradable cups, plates, and utensils
Use only free range chickens
Foods grown without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers
No seafood purchased under the threat of extinction
Grapes organically grown
Shade grown coffee
Special menus offered to those guests who are environmentally friendly.
Purchase food and wine locally whenever possible to reduce transportation
Serve water on request at food and beverage events.

 

Lakeland Center GREEN Building Materials
The Lakeland Center has undergone a major roof renovation project with the installation of a PremiumCoat® sustainable roofing and waterproofing system. This system is made of the best raw materials to form a flexible, U.V. resistant elastomeric compound and is fully reinforced with a tough nonwoven polyester fabric which has been designed for all roofing and flashing applications.

The Lakeland Center Green Committee
The Lakeland Center “Green Committee”  is constantly creating more ways to become environmentally conscious. The committee is also responsible for making sure The Lakeland Center is following “green” procedures during events especially recycling receptacles and energy conservation. Our entire staff is encouraged to be environmentally conscious and participate in our green practices.