Henry B Gonzales Convention Center



We are committed to enhancing our sustainable practices at the Henry B. González Convention Center, with our primary goal being to reduce our carbon impact on the environment while being the best stewards we can be with our resources. View our current Green Initiatives.

Waste Reduction

The Henry B. González Convention Center has been diverting the following items since 2006:

  • Cardboard (a strict cardboard recycling policy is in effect for all decorators/contractors. The recycling compactors are easily accessible and clearly marked. Any vendor found placing cardboard in the trash dumpster is notified of the violation and asked to comply.)
  • Polyurethane foam (carpet padding)
  • Wooden pallets
  • Scrap metal
  • Paper
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Aluminum


We continue to divert waste from landfills in all areas of the facilities using our single stream recycling compactors.

From July 2009 to December 2015 the total tonnage diverted from landfills exceeded 748 tons.

Other items recycled by our business partners include:

  • Telephones (Smart City); Cables and wire (Smart City); and Toner cartridges (UPS Store)


Energy Conservation

Convention Center staff practices stringent energy conservation. Lights, air conditioning, escalators are kept at reduced or off settings when areas of the building are not in use.

Upgraded the building controls system allowing for better scheduling of building systems.

A Performance Contracting initiative was implemented in 2011 using expert recommendations to help our Center maximize its conservation efforts and realize savings that come with system efficiencies. Items installed to improve our energy efficiencies include:

  • Upgraded lighting fixtures and ballasts
  • Solar thermal window film
  • Improved HVAC components and control systems

Ultimate goals

  • Reduced electrical consumption of the building by 35%
  • Pursuing Silver LEED certification for our new facility

We are able to provide HVAC and lighting consumption figures for our entire building. Estimates can be provided for HVAC and lighting consumption for portions of the building based on our monthly electrical and chill water costs.

In 2011 we purchased two dishwashers and glassware to eliminate the use of plastic cups for our customers.

In 2015 we installed a bottle filling station for convenience.

Water Conservation

  • Low-flow touch-less automatic faucets and dual flush valves have been installed in all restrooms
  • Drought tolerant plants are used around the Convention Center

Green Purchasing

  • Recycled garbage bags (100% recycled material)
  • Toilet paper and hand towels (recycled material)
  • Micro fiber mop heads (these mop heads can be washed and reused)
  • Recycled copy paper is used
  • Green cleaning chemicals (biodegradable, non-toxic, eco-friendly and non-corroding)

Other Practices

  • City of San Antonio Bike Sharing Program (stations are located in front and back of the Convention Center)
  • Meeting planner(s) can arrange to utilize composting bins. Requires partnership with our caterer (The RK Culinary Group) to ensure food waste is properly segmented.
  • Our department has a 2008 Toyota Prius Hybrid.
  • Other recycling practices and opportunities with our caterer include:
    • As part of our expansion, The RK Culinary Group installed an Eco-Safe Digester which uses a high refined formula of microorganisms to decompose carbon based food waste into a non-toxic liquid that is safely disposed into standard wastewater disposal systems.
    • Disposables – as often as possible, disposable cups will be replaced with reusable mugs and/or eco-friendly products. Disposable cutlery will be replaced with reusable silverware and/or cornstarch compostables. Napkins will be replaced with cloth napkins and/or 100% recycled paper napkins
    • Coffee Filters – we use commercial coffee brewers that do not use filters. Liquid concentrate coffee is used and aluminum containers are recycled
    • Food Donations – any prepared food not served from convention meals (within established guidelines) will be donated to local food banks for distribution to those less fortunate. Food donations are provided to Daily Bread Ministries and the San Antonio Food Bank, with an average of 1000 meals a month
    • When available, we will use locally grown purveyors or fair trade products, depending on seasonal allowances
    • Member of the Convene Green Alliance

City of San Antonio

SA2020 Initiative

The City of San Antonio has made a substantial commitment to the greening of our community via the SA2020 Initiative. The mission of SA2020 is to catalyze the entire San Antonio community into passionate, focused, and sustained action to achieve the shared goals that will transform San Antonio into a world-class city by the year 2020 in eleven key vision areas including “Environmental Sustainability”. Initiative includes:

  • Build a 21st Century urban energy infrastructure in San Antonio
  • Create a multi-tech venture capital fund in San Antonio
  • Create a Green Jobs program
  • Adopt a green, high performance building code for new residential and commercial construction
  • Build a Green Retrofit Program for existing homes and buildings
  • Create an integrated efficient multi-modal transportation system for San Antonio
  • Municipal Facility Tree Planting
  • Employee Sustainability Education Program

For more information pertaining to the City's SA2020 initiative, please go to http://www.sa2020.org.

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