The Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver is the premier green meeting space for a sustainable meeting or convention. 

With a dedicated Sustainable Programs Manager, a robust sustainability program and a 300,000 kilowatt solar array, the LEED Gold Certified Existing Building is the premier sustainable conference center and ideal location for a green meeting or convention. The Colorado Convention Center is now the largest existing building in the region to attain LEED Gold within the Existing Building Operation and Maintenance (EBOM) criteria through recertification. In 2015, The Colorado Convention Center received the CDPHE Environmental Gold Leader Recognition by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

Please click here for the 2016 Colorado Convention Center Sustainability Report.

For more information, please contact our Sustainable Program Manager, Lindsay Arell (303-681-1768)

Energy Efficiency | Waste Reduction & Diversion | Water Conservation | Air Quality | Community Sustainability Outreach | Green Awards & Accreditations


Our energy conservation programs are designed to optimize efficiencies in our energy consumption by focusing on infrastructure updates, best practices, and preventative maintenance. The program also tracks and record energy consumption to help monitor the impact of our efforts and establish benchmarking goals. 

2018 Retrofit Projects


Administrative Offices

  • 8.449 kW removed from grid annually 
  • 26,101.32 kWh annual system savings
  • $2,610 annual energy cost saving


Parking Garage

  • 7.756 kW removed from grid annually
  • 57,115.97 kWh annual system savings
  • $5,140 annual energy cost savings


Mile High Ballroom

  • 208.007 kW removed from grid annually
  • 284,605.10 kWh annual system savings
  • $28,460 annual energy cost savings



Our comprehensive waste management program plan focuses on identifying, reducing, and diverting the various waste streams created by venue operations, attendees and clients. Components of this plan include a facility Waste Audit, methods to reduce the amount of waste being created, manage inevitable waste and divert waste from landfill by means of reuse, repurposing, recycling, and composting.

2018 Waste Management Highlights:

  • Waste Diversion from the landfill of 50%
  • 436 tons of materials recycled in single stream recycling
  • 296 tons of material composted
  • 12,360 pounds of goods donated to local non-profits
  • 1587 pounds of electronic recycling
  • The CCC recycled over 5,936 pounds of shredded paper resulting in the following environmental benefits:
    • 50 trees saved
    • 20,790 gallons of water saved
    • 12,177 kW of energy saved
    • 76 pounds of pollutants kept out of the atmosphere
    •  7 cubic yards of landfill were saved



The Colorado Convention Center's water quality and conservation best practices address water quality and conservation methods including chemical management, water-efficient landscaping and irrigation, and building infrastructure (toilets, urinals, sinks, showers) efficiencies. The program tracks and records water consumption, and establishes benchmarking goals.

2018 Water Conservation Highlights:

  • Replaced the grass along 14th Street with native and drought-resistant plants. As a result, 75% less water is used to maintain these areas.
  • The CCC replaced approximately 120 faucets with new Chicago self-charging, touchless faucets that only flow water when hands are under the faucet. 
  • The CCC uses green cleaning supplies and practices to eliminate chemicals entering the wastewater system. 



Our air quality program addresses improving the Air Quality within and surrounding the venue. Areas of focus include ENGINE'S OFF! anti-idling policy and enforcement, smoking policies, alternative transportation, fleet vehicle management and management of VOC's and hazardous air pollutants.

2018 Air Quality Highlights:

  • Sponsorship of (2) Denver bike-share stations located on the property
  • ECO Passes provided to all full-time employees, resulting in over 50% of employees take alternative transportation methods when commuting to/from work
  • Over 98% of cleaning supplies used to maintain the venue are Green Seal or equivalent


The Colorado Convention Center continued its efforts to support the community through both a donation program and volunteer hours.  

2018 Community Outreach and Staff Wellness Highlights:

  • Earth Day Green Week Challenge had 31 employee participants who committed to sustainable actions for the year
  • Awarded (4) Champion for the Environment Awards to convention center employees for their continued leadership in our programs
  • A wellness committee hosted 15 events with participation from more than 150 employees. Activities include: Staff Ski trip, Broncos 7K, Race for the Cure, Habitat for Humanity and much more
  • In 2018 a total of 259 hours were volunteered by SMG Denver employees at 6 local events



All of these highlights contribute to the many awards and certifications the Colorado Convention Center has received.

• The CDPHE Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) - Gold  
• LEED Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance GOLD
• ASTM/APEX Sustainable Event Venue - Level Two
• ISO Standard 14001: Environmental Management System 


For additional information, visit the Colorado Convention Center's green page or download the Green Convention Center FAQs.