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Convention Center and INB achieve LEED Silver Certification

— The Spokane Convention Center Campus has officially gone green. As of September 1, 2010 the Spokane Convention Center Campus, which includes both the Spokane Convention Center and the INB Performing Arts Center, achieved LEED Silver Certification. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The certification was awarded by the United States Green Building Council® and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute®.

The Exhibit Halls, located on the eastern end of the Convention Center Campus, achieved LEED Silver Certification in 2007, after the 100,000 square foot elliptically shaped facility was completed in June 2006. After several renovations and the adoption of new practices, the INB Performing Arts Center, constructed prior to Expo '74, as well as the Ag Trade Center constructed in 1989, each earned LEED EB O&M Silver Certification, a distinction reserved for existing buildings.

In 2007, the Spokane Convention Center Expansion (Exhibit Halls) became just the third convention center facility in the United States to earn LEED Silver Certification. There are currently only 15 convention centers in the country with a LEED distinction.

LEED Certification is earned for energy use, water conservation and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for our guests, residents, workers and the larger community.

Due to the success of the Convention Center Campus' energy-saving practices, Avista Utilities presented a rebate check to the Spokane Public Facilities District Board for a total of $138,277.50. The rebate figure was based on the amount of energy saved by the Spokane Convention Center Campus when compared to other facilities of similar size around the country. The facilities saved 29 percent more energy than other national facilities in 2010.

For more information or questions about the Spokane Convention Center and INB Performing Arts Center's LEED status, contact Kevin Twohig, Chief Executive Officer of the Spokane Public Facilities District.

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