HOUSTON, June 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Houston First Corp. continues to lead the charge in building sustainability as the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB) recently earned its first-ever LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.

This year marks an important milestone for GRB, as the 35-year-old building is recognized not for its construction and design, but for its sustainability, maintenance and operational efforts. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, the GRB has qualified for the highest version of Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification – v4.1 – due to its documented building standards.

“Our industry-leading entertainment and convention venues are constantly evolving to exceed expectations, and this latest honor further reinforces our commitment to healthy and sustainable practices,” said Houston First President and CEO. Corp. Michael Heckman. “We are fortunate to have partners like Levy Restaurants and TDIndustries working alongside us providing support and assistance as we continue to make improvements that protect and benefit our community and our future.”

Having already achieved LEED Silver in 2011 and recertified in 2017, GRB has been criticized in areas such as energy conservation, waste reduction, improved indoor air quality and the conversation about environmental sustainability. water for this year’s certification. The LEED rating system recognizes buildings that excel in sustainability through construction, design and operating practices that improve environmental and human health.

The management team of Houston First Corp. has implemented various processes to reduce the carbon footprint of the facility, some of which encourage GRB customers to make more sustainable choices, such as using compostable utensils or refillable water bottle stations, and learning about the site’s hydroelectric garden program, which highlights the environmental impact of sourcing local produce.

In addition to greener installation methods, Houston First Corp. also works with local nonprofits, like Second Servings, which helps deliver unserved food from GRB events to more than 90 local shelters, soup kitchens and charities. Some of the donated items are also repurposed or redistributed as materials for art and construction projects.

“The transformation of our buildings and spaces is happening one project at a time. The George R. Brown Convention Center understands the value of LEED and has shown extraordinary leadership in reshaping the market,” said the president. and CEO of the US Green Building Council. Peter Templeton said. “LEED’s success is due to the partnership and support of those committed to advancing green buildings and sustainability. Each new LEED certification brings us one step closer to revolutionizing the spaces where we live, learn, work and play.

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The US Green Building Council is committed to a healthy, resilient, and equitable future for all through the development of green buildings, cities, and communities. For more than 2 years, USGBC has advanced green building practices through the development of LEED, the world’s most widely used green building program. With the support of thousands of members, volunteers, and partners, USGBC offers robust green building education courses, a rigorous professional certification program, and advocates for effective public policy. It brings together an international network of green building and sustainability leaders through the annual Greenbuild International conference and expo and forward-thinking programs including the Center for Green Schools. For more information, visit and log on to TwitterFacebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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