Green Initiatives

U.S. Green Building Council  - Leed Silver

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center has become one of the greenest such facilities in the nation, thanks to a determined effort to reduce energy usage and emphasize the environment in all that we do. Since setting out in 2007 to gain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the Convention Center is well on its way to achieving its goal of saving 20 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, 35 percent of our total. Through equipment replacement and retrofitting, we have significantly reduced overall electrical usage.

Similarly, we have reduced water usage by 10 percent (seven million gallons per year), by replacing existing plumbing fixtures and a cooling tower with more efficient models. Installing 54 solar panels enables us to use the sun’s energy to heat the water for our East Kitchen, and new high-speed dock doors mean better temperature control in the exhibit halls on move-in and move-out days. In addition, our cleaning crews use green, environmentally safe cleaning supplies, and new carbon dioxide sensors allows us to monitor and improve indoor air quality.

Importantly for clients, we have expanded our recycling program. We can now work with clients to develop recycling processes for each event that uses the Convention Center facilities. These efforts have reduced the Center’s landfill usage by more than 40  percent. Clients benefit because there is no charge to remove recycling dumpsters, while trash dumpsters require a fee. The new, greener Convention Center assures clients that they are in an environmentally safe facility, with the highest sensitivity to that aspect of their event. To book the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center for your next event, contact at  877-MTGS-DCC For more information, visit