Facility Features and Services
|LEED Certification |
Monona Terrace received the designation of Silver Level LEED-EB (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Existing Building) green certified building in September of 2007 by the U.S. Green Building Council. Monona Terrace is one of the first existing convention centers in the U.S. to receive a certification, and the only silver level certified convention center in the U.S.
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Revamped recycling practices have more than doubled the overall recycling rate for the building. Monona Terrace currently recycles 49% of its solid waste stream.
The use of non-toxic green cleaning products has been implemented throughout the building. Monona Terrace partnered with the City of Madison, in following with the City's Natural Step initiative, to purchase environmentally friendly cleaning products at a bulk pricing rate. This encouraged many city departments that were not green cleaning to begin using environmentally friendly products.
The use of recyclables, including plastic cups at water stations and outdoor events, box lunch packaging, copy paper and toner cartridges, are all examples of how environmental factors are fused into Monona Catering. In addition, leftover foods are donated to local food pantries, many condiments are presented in bulk packaging, and custom organic menus are available.
The Leonardo Academy is a Madison based organization that focuses on a wide variety of sustainability issues. For clients that seek ways to reduce their footprint on the environment, Monona Terrace offers the Leonardo Academy's Cleaner and Greener Program as an option. This program has been offsetting emissions caused by events since 2001. The program provided emission reduction statistics to Monona Terrace, in preparation for LEED certification. The study indicated an annual reduction of carbon dioxide building emissions by 5,471 tons as compared to comparable convention centers in similar climatic zones.
In 2011, 100 percent of electrical energy at Monona Terrace is wind generated and renewable. Although the facility usage continues to increase, and additions have been made to the building, baseline energy usage has not increased over the last five years. Monona Terrace uses on average, 49% less energy than other convention centers in similar climatic areas.