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the phoenix convention center I n the heart of Arizona’s Urban Heart sits the Phoenix Convention Center, a state-of-the-art facility that boasts a modern design, tons of natural light and green initiatives that will certainly make us spa professionals swoon. The ISPA Conference & Expo will take over three levels of the Convention Center, making every aspect of the event convenient and easy to access for all guests. General sessions THIRD FLOOR registration & expo THIRD FLOOR Green Initiatives the phoenix convention center is a Leed-silver certified green building with several notable environ- mentally-friendly features throughout its campus. The city has worked hard to ensure all events that take place at the Convention Center are eco-friendly and leave as small a footprint as possible. Here are just a few of the green efforts you will notice while there: l l l l education sessions SECOND FLOOR l l l experience center FIRST FLOOR l l outdated lighting has been converted to energy efficient Led light technology. convention center chairs that will be used in the Education Sessions and at lunch are made from recycled car battery casings and seatbelts. the condensation from air conditioning units are the source of water for their plants. Low VoC-emitting materials for the building’s interior create an enhanced indoor environmental Quality. occupancy sensors and permanent monitoring systems minimize energy use. The low-flow fixtures in the bathrooms reduce domestic water use. a comprehensive recycling program and Green cleaning program have been implemented to minimize ongoing environ- mental impacts. a new chef’s garden is currently being planted (visible for our attendees to see when walking through our Experience Center hallway) and will be fully in place by the time of our event. Finally, the Phoenix Convention Center is the first major convention center in the united states to install an organic refuse conversion alternative (orca) machine, which converts food waste into an organic liquid that doesn’t need to be transported to landfills and can even be used as a nutrient- rich effluent matter. July 2018 ■ PULSE 51