Keeping your meeting Green
Meeting planners looking to reduce the carbon footprint of their events will also find an environmentally conscious partner in the Wisconsin Center. Greening initiatives over the last few years include a new single streaming recycling system, energy and water conservation and waste reduction. Read more.
Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center (formerly Frontier Airlines Center and Delta Center) was ranked #2 on a list of 15 second-tier city convention centers in “highly walkable places” according to PCMA CONVENE magazine. “A pedestrian-friendly RiverWalk, built along the Milwaukee River, links downtown with the historic Third Ward neighborhood, home to numerous art galleries and restaurants.”
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
A new icon on the Milwaukee skyline, the hotel is 19 stories with 381 rooms, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and one-of-a-kind views of Milwaukee. The hotel accommodates large and small events with more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space.
Through numerous green initiatives, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino has become one of the premier sustainable developments in Milwaukee. In May 2015, the hotel became the first casino hotel in Wisconsin to attain the prestigious LEED® Gold certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, ranks buildings on how well they save energy and water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve indoor environmental quality.
Levy Restaurants at the Wisconsin Center is using biodegradable compostable disposable products. Beverage cups, plates, flatware and packaging components of the boxed lunch are 100% compostable and all deep frying is done with zero trans fat oil.
Nature Centers as Green Venues
Schlitz Audubon Center
Located just 15 minutes from downtown Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Schlitz Audubon Center boasts six miles of trails through 185 acres of unspoiled natural beauty and a spectacular view from their 60-foot observation tower. Opened in May of 2003, its Dorothy K. Vallier Environmental Learning Center is an award-winning LEED-certified “green” building featuring recycled materials and systems that support energy efficiency, water conservation and sustainability. The Great Hall, with its two-story cathedral ceiling supported by 100-year-old spruce logs, exudes the ambience of a north woods lodge and provides panoramic views of the surrounding nature preserve. An auditorium, classrooms and conference room round out the offerings at this very special setting.
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Urban Ecology Center
Located 10 minutes from downtown and known internationally for its ecology programs and educational outreach, the Urban Ecology Center is on 15 acres of wooded land on the east bank of the Milwaukee River. The 20,000-sq.-ft. “green” building, with its fireplaces and rustic handcrafted birch, poplar and willow furniture, has won national awards for its use of recycled or renewable materials and is the perfect venue for meetings and receptions with a “green” theme. The center’s second floor (100 guest capacity) or the entire building including classrooms, decks, observation/climbing tower are available for memorable meetings. The center has a list of “Earth Friendly Caterers” and AV is free.