Most events use only glassware, silverware and re-usable linens. All bottles, cans, cardboard and lightbulbs are recycled via single stream recycling.
Green Power Purchases are made monthly from Snohomish County Public Utilities District. Green power is energy generated from renewable resources, generated by a renewable source such as wind or sunlight, with minimal impact to the environment in a process creating little or no pollution.
Lighting in meeting rooms and bathrooms throughout the building use 17 watt LED bulbs and are on timers to reduce energy consumption. Restrooms have waterless urinals that save approximately 1,000,000 gallons of water annually.
Venue partners YES LSE have switched to bio-based cleaning products and recycled content mops with 100% of cotton and polyester content coming from reclaimed post-consumer PET (soda/water bottles). They are making the switch on floor and carpet cleaning and changing to green-certified equipment for better quality air.
The kitchen and concession cooking oil is recycled in partnership with Standard Biodiesel of Arlington, WA to create bio-diesel. Biodiesel is the clean burning alternative fuel that is produced when glycerin is separated from fat or vegetable oil. The process leaves two products – methyl esters (biodiesel) and glycerin (a valuable byproduct sold to be used in soaps and other products).
The Edward D. Hansen Conference Center’s use of paper products is virtually non-existent with all events utilizing glass, silverware and linens.
Bulk dispensing of condiments is available for most food service in the Conference Center.
Cedar Grove Composting organic waste program was launched resulting in a significant reduction of waste. Food scraps, food-soiled paper including pizza boxes, plant and wood (pallet) scraps including landscaping clippings.