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Moscone Center Named 2016 Recipient of CRRA’s Award for Outstanding Practices in Venue and Event Resource Recovery

Convention center wins large venue award from nation’s largest and oldest nonprofit recycling organization

California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA), one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit recycling organizations, has named San Francisco’s Moscone Center as the 2016 recipient of their annual award for Outstanding Practices in Venue/Event Resource Recovery Award.

“We are very proud to accept this award,” said Bob Sauter, Acting General Manager, “and we are committed to our sustainability programs here at Moscone Center.”

The award will be presented to the Moscone Center at an Awards Ceremony at the CRRA Annual Conference and Tradeshow on Tuesday, August 9 starting at 5:45pm in the California Ballroom at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento, Calif.

The annual award goes to a large event or venue located in California which serves over 2,000 people per day, which has demonstrated excellence in implementing waste reduction, recycling and organics programs, innovative source reduction programs, recovering over 90% of event discards, and other programs that demonstrate best practices in event or venue resource management.

Moscone Center is San Francisco’s premier convention facility. In FY 2014-15, Moscone Center held 129 events, hosted 1.1 million registered attendees and exhibitors. For over a decade the facility has pioneered large venue sustainability programs. In 2012, Moscone Center attained APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards Level 1 as a Sustainable Venue for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences. In 2012, Moscone North and South attained LEED Gold EB: O+M certification.

California’s policy goal is to achieve 75% diversion by the year 2020; San Francisco’s goal is to attain zero waste that same year. At the close of the FY2014-15, Moscone Center had diverted 2.4 million pounds of materials through donation, recycling and composting. Also for FY2014-15, the facility attained a diversion rate of 56 percent. Facility caterer, SAVOR San Francisco, donated over 117,000 pounds of food product to those in need, equivalent to more than 90,000 meals. Weekly donations continue to be picked up from SAVOR kitchens by SF City IMPACT and other local nonprofits locally feeding those in need.

San Francisco’s Climate Action Plan calls for 50 percent of all trips to be made outside of personal vehicles. Approximately 70 percent of SMG’s employees, at the Moscone Center, regularly commute using alternative transportation. Moscone Center incentivized the utilization of public transit by offering a commuter check program which has helped employees to save money on transit expenses.

Capital expansion is already underway for Moscone North and South. Slated for completion in 2018, the $500 million expansion will add more than 170,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting space. Minutes away from 22,000 of the city’s 33,000-plus hotel rooms, world-class shopping and dining, Moscone Center will remain fully operational during the expansion.

CRRA is California’s state-wide recycling association. It is the oldest and one of the largest non-profit recycling organizations in the United States. A 501(c)(3) organization, CRRA is dedicated to achieving environmental sustainability in and beyond California through Zero Waste strategies including product stewardship, waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting. CRRA advances local, regional and state-wide waste reduction efforts which result in critical environmental and climate protection outcomes. CRRA members represent all aspects of California’s reduce-reuse-recycle-compost economy. Members work for cities and counties, as well as hauling companies, material processors, non-profit organizations, state agencies, and in allied professions. For more information, visit or contact John H. Dane, Executive Director,

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