Bell Harbor International Conference Center strives to maintain green daily operations with sustainable protocols. Seattle is our home, and it's important to all of us to help contribute to the environmental health of the Puget Sound and surrounding Pacific Northwest region. Bell Harbor's green programming and commitment to the health of the environment reflects the initiatives of the center's owner/operator, Port of Seattle, known as one of the greenest ports in the nation. We are proud of our Green Star certification from IACC, an honor we celebrate.
REDUCING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Bell Harbor worked with a local environmental consultancy to measure its carbon footprint and as result the team encourages groups to:
- Utilize water stations rather than bottled water.
- Take notes on white boards instead of paper flip-charts and limit use of notepads.
- Coordinate live webcasting and facilitate electronic versions of presentations to be sent to attendees instead of paper printouts.
SUSTAINABILITY BY THE NUMBERS
- Bell Harbor has a 70% recycle rate of all waste materials, compared to the city standard of 50%.
- 65 tons of organic waste diverted annually from landfills to compost.
- 45,000 bottles of water diverted annually from landfills by using only water stations.
- 90% of our cleaning products green certified.
- 40% of our team members use alternative transportation.
IN OUR KITCHEN
- Bell Harbor recycles kitchen grease through SeQuential Biodiesel, who in turn uses it to create biofuel used in many of the Port of Seattle vehicles on property.
- Bell Harbor uses sustainably farmed or fished seafood products when possible. The culinary team is working towards a company mandated sustainable seafood program based on the Seafood Watch program developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
- Food waste is composted through the Cedar Grove programs, and clearly labeled receptacles for recycling and debris are placed throughout our property.