According to the VBCVB, the resort-area Visitors Information Center welcomes 45,000 people annually. Recent upgrades to this facility included energy-efficient (LED) lighting, and new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment that lowered electrical costs. The VBCC, a facility that held 327 events attended by more than 583,000 people in 2014, also saw new upgrades to lighting and to building automation systems which reduced electricity usage and reduced its electric bill $42,000. Cultivation of an onsite vegetable garden, improvements in water efficiency and the diversion of more than 140 tons of waste from landfills through recycling and composting helped to secure necessary certification points.
“Under the new guidelines, the certification points that were challenging to achieve the first time around were still the most challenging points to obtain again,” said Kimberlee Dobbins, sustainability coordinator for the VBCC. “What has improved the most since 2010 is the culture of our workplace. Through simple changes in our behavior throughout our workday, we’ve been able to see advances in green cleaning, energy savings and recycling.”