Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Thursday, November 27 2014

First Ever “Net Zero” Convention Center Expo Area Debuted in New Orleans

The world’s largest sustainable building conference, The Greenbuild Conference and Expo, featuring the first “net zero” exhibit space, was held in New Orleans, October 22-24, with 23,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors.

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center helped Greenbuild set up the first “net zero” exhibit space by utilizing the building’s balcony as the location for solar generated panels that powered an on-site microgrid, generating power to the exhibit booths. The Net Zero Zone showcased how booths in the exhibit hall can unplug from the utility grid and operate totally on power generated by solar panels. If any of the power sources are interrupted, the remaining sources pick up the slack, exemplifying Greenbuild’s key theme of resiliency.

Owned and operated by Hanley Wood and presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Greenbuild is the largest conference and expo dedicated to green building design and construction. USGBC, the sponsor of Greenbuild, is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

The group committed to hold their meeting in New Orleans four years ago, at a point in time where the Convention Center’s recycling program was limited to cardboard. New Orleans, as a destination, committed to meeting Greenbuild’s sustainability requirements that included composting and a full recycling program. Over the last four years, the Convention Center’s Environmental department found local partners to help implement the programs. The Center enlisted NOLA Green Roots for composting services and has been composting waste from the kitchen and food service areas on a regular basis in advance of the Greenbuild meeting. Compost bins are placed in the food services areas and  NOLA Green Roots picks up and weighs the waste weekly. The composting efforts were taken to the next level for the Greenbuild meeting: a 30-yard open top container was placed in each of the four loading bays of the Center to collect of the compostable waste from the front of the house, such as cellulose-based paper towels from the 34 restrooms.

NOLA Green Roots estimated more than 9,000 pounds of organic material was composted (9,160 lbs). Another 2,827 pounds of food was donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.  More than 20,940 lbs pounds of waste (out of 86,788 lbs) from the event were diverted from a landfill. Currently, the Convention Center diverts 15% of its waste to compost and recycling. For this event, the Convention Center exceeded its goal of 65% by 11%, for a total of 76% of waste diverted to compost and recycling. This percentage represents more than 63,000 pounds of waste that was recycled in some way: aluminum, plastic and paper (19,500 pounds); cardboard (11,800 pounds); construction and demolition debris (10,460 pounds); plastic films (3,560 pounds); glass (3,854 pounds); and pallets (1,860 pounds).

The compost and recycling efforts are just the latest in a full scale program of sustainability improvements at the Convention Center. Over the past four years, the Convention Center has taken steps towards significant energy-saving measures:

  • 6,000 25-watt incandescent outdoor lights replaced with full-watt LED lamps that last 25 times longer than an incandescent lamp, reducing the man-power needed to physically replace them when they expire
  • Iridescent interior building lighting replaced with induction lighting, which is 85% more effecting.
  • 3/4 mile of iridescent lighting on loading dock replaced with induction lighting
  • Implemented computerized energy management system for lighting, heating and air conditioning.
  • Replaced 26-year old chillers with new, energy efficient models.

The combined energy-saving measures have reduced the Convention Center’s monthly electric bill from $600,000 to $300,000, representing a cost savings of $3.6 million per year. Future energy-saving plans include LED lighting for exhibit halls and public spaces, and a “meeting room of the future” that will be energy efficient. The Convention Center also intends to replace 3/4 of a mile of glass panels in the front of the building with high-efficiency art glass, and install solar panels on the roof of the building, which measures 40 acres. It is estimated that the solar panels on the roof of the building would generate two to three megawatts of energy.

 

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The Convention Center’s skylights were utilized as the location for solar generated panels that powered an on-site microgrid, generating power to the exhibit booths.

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The Net Zero Pavilion at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo at
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

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Greenbuild Conference and Expo attendees separate their waste into recycling bins provided by the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

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Greenbuild Conference and Expo at
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

 

 

WRESTLEMANIA® GENERATES RECORD $142 MILLION FOR NEW ORLEANS REGION

WWE®  (NYSE: WWE) and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced today that WrestleMania 30 generated a record-breaking $142.2 million in economic impact for the New Orleans region this past April, according to a study conducted by the Enigma Research Corporation. This marks the third consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host city.

Over the past seven years, WrestleMania has generated more than half a billion dollars in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event.  WrestleMania 30 also generated approximately $24.3 million in federal, state and local taxes.

Nearly 30,000 fans visited the WrestleMania 30 AXXESS event at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The three-day event offered fans the opportunity to get autographs and photos with their favorite WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends, plus live matches, Superstar Q&A’s, memorabilia displays, interactive activities and more.

“On behalf of New Orleans, we thank all WWE fans that came from around the world to experience all that our beautiful city has to offer,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.  “The week-long series of events helped generate a record-breaking boost to our economy, and we look forward to the possibility of New Orleans hosting a future WrestleMania.”

“We are thrilled that our historic milestone celebration delivered a record economic windfall for New Orleans,” said John P. Saboor, Executive Vice President of Special Events for WWE.  “Our heartfelt thanks go out to Mayor Landrieu, the New Orleans Saints, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and so many other public and private sector partners from throughout the community that created an enormous welcome and experience for WWE’s worldwide fan base.  We now turn our attention to the journey ahead in Silicon Valley and the entire Bay Area for WrestleMania 31.”

A capacity crowd of 75,167 fans from all 50 states and 36 countries attended WWE’s pop-culture extravaganza this past April, making it the highest-grossing entertainment event at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Key highlights from the study include:

-       $142.2 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending by

those visiting New Orleans for WrestleMania 30.

-       79% of fans that attended WrestleMania were from outside the greater New Orleans region and stayed an average of 3.7 nights.

-       $22.5 million was spent on hotels and accommodations within the New Orleans region.

-       The economic impact derived from WrestleMania Week was equal to the creation of 1,662 full-time jobs for the area.

-       $10.7 million was spent by visitors to New Orleans at area restaurants.

Next year, WrestleMania 31 will take place Sunday, March 29 at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.  Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 15 at 12 noon ET/9 AM PT.  The event will be broadcast on WWE Network and pay-per-view in more than 170 countries.

 

 

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“NOLA Christmas Fest at CITD” Plans Unveiled for December, 2014

Christmas in New Orleans has always been a magical time and now a dazzling, family-friendly seasonal event that combines Louisiana traditions with state-of-the-art technology offers another opportunity to get into the holiday spirit.

Christmas in the District is bringing the fun indoors this year! The highlight of the event will be “NOLA Christmas Fest,” a 2-week indoor festival inside the Great Hall of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, December 12th – 24th providing holiday fun for the whole family. Discover the new “My New Orleans Christmas” display after a journey through the Great Hall of Trees” exhibiting a stunning collection of over 50 decorated trees as well as a “Gingerbread House” competition which benefits Operation Homefront, an organization supporting local military families.  In “Santa’s Playland,” children of all ages can enjoy the inflatable zone, petting zoo and a host of children’s crafts and activities.  A variety of holiday characters will include special appearances by Mr. Bingle and a photo opportunity with Santa Claus.  “Community Stages” will feature Christmas entertainment, cooking demonstrations, puppet shows and local choirs.  On weekends the “Arts and Craft Market” gives visitors the opportunity to shop for holiday gifts.

The season kicks off with a Children’s Lantern Parade at CITD on December 12th.  Other events throughout December include the “Santa Paws at CITD” dog costume contest and parade on December 14th and Harrah’s Champagne Stroll at CITD on December 5th.

Now is the time to plan your New Orleans holiday excursion and take advantage of spectacular Papa Noel rates in hotels citywide!

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is funding the event as a part of its mission to bring visitors to town and is expected to inspire all the residents and businesses in the Warehouse/Arts District to embrace the event and help grow it annually.

“We invite local residents and visitors to bring their families and friends to dine in the Warehouse/Arts District, and then come inside the Convention Center to enjoy all of the new and exciting activities that NOLA Christmas Fest has to offer,” said Bob Johnson, President/General Manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

“We also encourage all Warehouse/Arts District business and residents to join in the Christmas spirit by putting up their own festive lights and decorations in their windows and outside of their buildings. Working together, this event will attract locals and visitors alike and could rival some of the largest holiday events in the country.”

Convention Center Boulevard will be festooned with thousands of lights and animated music from December 1 – January 6. NOLA Christmas Fest at CITD will complement the annual “Christmas New Orleans Style” celebration, and will continue to evolve annually.

Hours of Operation  for NOLA Christmas Fest at CITD

Friday, December 12                       
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14
12 noon – 9:00 p.m.

Monday through Friday, December 15 – 19
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, December 20 – 21
12 noon – 9:00 – p.m.

Monday and Tuesday, December 22 – 23
12 noon – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 24
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

 


Phone: Toll-Free (855)477-8756
Website: christmasinthedistrict.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christmasinthedistrict
Twitter: @NOLAChristmas
Instagram: @NOLAChristmas                                          

 

 

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New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

About the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, an award-winning staff and first-class amenities, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO) is the sixth largest convention center in the nation and a consistent Top 10 host of the largest number of conventions and tradeshows annually. A leading rainmaker of the city’s hospitality industry, MCCNO event activity has produced $39.12 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $2.19 billion in new tax revenue.

       

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New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Names Melanie J. Rice as Sales Manager

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has named Melanie J. Rice as Sales Manager. In her new role, Rice is responsible for developing and servicing clients in the West Coast and Technology markets. She will also work closely with the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau on prospects to generate business for the Convention Center.

With solid skills in management, social business and client development, Rice has excellent experience and knowledge in hospitality, sales marketing management and global sales. Relocating from Memphis, Tennessee to New Orleans, Rice is thrilled to be working in the Sales and Marketing Department and is delighted to bring prospective clients and businesses to the building.

Rice received her Bachelors of Science degree from Fisk University and her MBA from Vanderbilt University.

“Melanie brings extensive experience to our seasoned Sales and Marketing Department, and her hiring represents a continued effort by the Center to be the best in all aspects,” said Elaine Williams, Director of Sales and Marketing.

 

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Melanie J. Rice

 

 

About the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, an award winning staff and first class amenities, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOMCC) is the sixth largest convention center in the nation and a consistent Top 10 host of the largest number of conventions and tradeshows annually. A leading rainmaker of the city’s hospitality industry, NOMCC event activity has produced $45.97 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $2.75 billion in new tax revenue.

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