5Green Business Practices
Environmental responsibility is at the forefront of the Conference Center business model. The Conference Center team works to reduce our environmental footprint at each step of the event-planning process and encourages guests to do the same.
The Conference Center strives to make daily purchasing decisions environmentally sustainable by partnering with local companies that have at least one “green” certification. Reducing the distance that goods travel by buying from local, eco-friendly businesses reduces fuel consumption and transportation-related pollution. This investment in green companies will also help grow a more sustainable, eco-friendly community.
Reducing Energy Usage and Waste
The Conference Center is committed to lowering energy usage and reducing landfill waste, which is reflected in our daily operations. In an effort to promote environmentally safe and biodegradable products, we use compostable thermoplastic aliphatic polyester (PLA) cups derived from corn starch, a renewable resource.
The Conference Center has also committed to phasing out all old appliances and incandescent light bulbs in the facilities, upgrading them to Energy Star appliances and light bulbs to reduce energy usage.
Signs have been placed throughout the Conference Center facilities encouraging our guests to reduce energy use by turning off lights and to put recyclable materials in our on-site bins. These efforts have enabled us to reduce energy use by 14% and nearly eliminate non-compostable, non-recyclable waste.
Green KBS Community
As a part of KBS, the Conference Center is dedicated to upholding the KBS mission: “A legacy of conservation; a commitment to sustainability.”
Our efforts at the Conference Center join a campus-wide dedication to sustainability, including:
- The KBS Dairy Farm is certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and researches best practices for mixing profitable and sustainable dairy farming.
- Both the Long-term Ecological Research Program (LTER) and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) maintain field labs at KBS and focus heavily on sustainability research.
- The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary conserves 180 acres of bird habitat.