ESACon Values

LEED® Platinum Certification is much more than recycling the traditional items of plastics, aluminum, glass, cardboard, paper, newspaper and wood. They also recycle the “not-so” traditional items of batteries, sod, water and food. To operate at the highest level of sustainability:

  • A waste water reclamation plant
  • A natural ventilation system
  • A building automation system for monitoring thermostats, light sensors, air intakes, and other controllable systems
  • Recyclable products and goods
  • Indigenous plants for landscaping
  • 57% post-consumer recycled hand towels
  • 50% post-consumer toilet tissue
  • Aquifer water in cooling towers and cleaning
  • Low or no-volatile organic compounds (VOC) in paints, carpeting, adhesives and sealants
  • Automatic, green-certified dilution system
  • China and cloth, whenever possible
  • Biodegradable, organic plates, flatware and paperware

DLCC’s food service provider, Levy Convention Centers, donates leftover food and composts unconsumed food & kitchen waste. Since 2005, Levy has maintained North Terrace garden boxes to grow the freshest herbs and vegetables.

With the strong building operation in place, our administration staff is also committed to sustainability and a healthy environment by using:

  • Exercise balls at work stations
  • Recycled clipboards pencils, wooden pens, mousepads, office products
  • Staple less staplers, solar-powered calculators, ceramic mugs and glass cups
  • 30% post-consumer recycled copier paper

The DLCC’s sustainability team meets on a regular basis to explore new practices.


When deciding the exhibit booth materials for your show, consider these key components:

  • Contact a Pittsburgh printer to print environmentally-friendly pamphlets, handouts, and banners, thus reducing transportation emissions.
  • Compare recycled contents of promotional items and booth materials before purchasing.
  • Look at your cleaning products label — is it green certified?
  • During Move-in, Use:
  • Large blue recycle dumpsters on the exhibit floor for trash.
  • Cloth table throws to protect your display tables and carpeting. Avoid visqueen.​
  • Layered clothing for comfort. Since the large movable doors are open, we are unable to regulate the temperatures of the Halls.
  • During the Show, Use:
  • Large trash receptacles (trash, paper, cans/bottles) in g1 areas located on the show floor for large volumes of trash.
  • Levy Convention Centers' locally-grown food options for your booth catering.
  • Virtual company information for potential clients, thus reducing the number of printed materials.
  • During Move-Out, Use:
  • Large blue recycle dumpsters located in the exhibit hall for all trash including wood pallets.
  • Donate extra product to local charities or schools instead of shipping back materials. Contact the Show Event Manager for more details.
  • Starch-based, biodegradable packing peanuts for shipping. These peanuts dissolve in water, are non-toxic and can be composted.
  • Biodegradable cellulose available for shrink-wrapping. Polystyrene, plastic wrapping and bubble wrap should be avoided.
  • Biodegradable string (ie: cotton, sisal, jute), avoiding plastic.

If extra booth giveaway items are not being shipped back to your office, contact DLCC event manager for the items to be donated to a Pittsburgh charity.


It takes everyone to preserve DLCC’s LEED® Platinum Certification. Your efforts would be appreciated.​