North America Smart Energy Week


September 23-26, 2019
Salt Palace Convention Center Salt Lake City, UT

Sustainable Practices

Going green(er) through partnership with WGL Energy

SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week partnered with WGL Energy Services, Inc (WGL Energy) to green the electricity use during the four-day program.

The renewable generation associated with these SRECs avoids 571 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which has the environmental equivalent to taking 122 cars off the road for one year.

In 2018, attendees donated a total of $12,840 to help offset carbon emissions associated with travel to the event. This money was went to the Winchester Landfill Gas to Energy Project, which recovers and destroys methane from landfills as well as produces on-site power.

See what else we're doing to make the conference a green event

  • Check out the live microgrid in the Smart Energy Marketplace + Microgrid that a number of exhibitors will utilize to generate power for their booths.
  • Our signs are printed on post-consumer, recyclable materials
  • Our host location, The Salt Palace Convention Center, along with its in-house partners Visit Salt Lake, Utah Food Services and PSAV, has attained Level 1 of the APEX/ASTM Certification from the Events Industry Council (EIC) and is a current member of the American Society of Materials Testing (ASTM). One of their core values is "responsibility to the environment" and that is reflected in their ongoing practice to reduce, reuse and recycle. Their in-house partners and all departments now participate in a  diversion tracking system so the venue can collect data on our green practices and work toward a goal of 50% diversion. Read about their Environmental Policy.
  • The Salt Palace is one of only a few convention centers in the nation that generates Solar Renewable Energy Credits. Events can purchase SRECs (generated directly from the Salt Palace's 600,000 square foot Solar Array) to offset their carbon footprint. The Salt Palace generates about 17% of its power through these 6,006 solar panels. Read more about the convention center's sustainable efforts.
  • Visit Salt Lake practices strict energy conservation, eschews disposable dishware, actively recycles and utilizes only recycled paper products. For more information on the SLC's efforts, click here.
  • We've partnered with Lyft, the first and only carbonneutral ridesharing company. This means that riding with Lyft is a decision to take a cleaner option. By offsetting over 1 million metric tons of CO2 in the first year alone, Lyft is one of the top 10 largest voluntary offset purchasers worldwide - the impact of this multimillion dollar effort is equivalent to planting over 35 million trees.

In 2018, The Salt Palace was awarded the IMEX-EIC Innovation in Sustainability Award, a global recognition given out annually at IMEX Frankfurt.

Help do your part and contribute to our green initiatives


  • Attendees are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles and take advantage of the water stations around the convention center and hotels.
  • Attendees can donate $5 towards purchasing carbon credits to offset emissions from travel upon registration.
  • Attendees are encouraged to drop name badges in marked recycling receptacles at the end of the convention to cut down on waste.
  • Attendees are encouraged to choose hotels that are within walking distance of the convention center to cut down on waste generated by transportation. Find a hotel


  • We encourage our exhibitors to adopt as many sustainable practices as possible, including re-using flooring and signage from previous shows, utilizing EnergyStar devices, and printing handouts on post-consumer paper.
  • Exhibitors who commit to three of more of sustainability initiatives will receive 10 points in the booth competition (more details to come).
  • Exhibitors can indicate what materials they will donate at the end of the show to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Donations get sent to Habitat for Humanity.

More details to come.

Our partners and vendors are committed to sustainable practices.


Green Team

Solar Power Events and our partners at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), created a Green Team to promote sustainability initiatives at SPI and ESI. The team works hard to ensure that the conference demonstrates a real commitment to leadership in sustainability at large-scale conferences and convention centers. In 2018, the team is focusing on initiatives relating to energy consumption, sustainable food choices, and reducing waste.