Sustainability / Eco-Friendly Efforts

Earp-a-palooza is making strides in becoming a more sustainable and eco-friendly event. For our 2020 event, we have big plans to continue making positive change in whatever ways we can. 

Our venue, The Greater Columbus Convention Center is LEED certified. The LEED building certification program is an initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council or USGBC. LEED stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design," and focuses on encouraging a more sustainable approach to the way buildings are designed, constructed and operated. We wanted to share a few of the sustainability efforts put forth by our venue this year. Read below to find out more about how the GCCC works to be sustainable.


Sustainable Site

The Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) is located in an urban area and is very well connected to public transit. The area is extremely walkable and virtually everything a person could need is within easy walking distance.

Energy and Atmosphere

The GCCC is an exceptionally energy efficient facility. All lights in the front-of house have been changed to LED lighting, including the Exhibit Halls. The GCCC also offsets 100% of its energy usage with renewable energy by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) equivalent to the total amount of energy used.

Material and Resources

The GCCC has a sustainable purchasing policy and follows the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle model to minimize waste. Paper products used throughout the facility are made with 100% post-consumer content and a single-stream recycling program exists with recycling and compost containers throughout the event spaces to collect and process recyclable materials. 

Indoor Environmental Quality

The GCCC has Indoor Air Quality and Green Cleaning programs to ensure building occupants have a healthy indoor environment free of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). The cleaning equipment that the staff uses to maintain the spaces utilizes water or ionized water to clean and no chemicals are needed.