Sustainability &
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

The Authority integrates sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) into all aspects of our business to meet our organizational mission of enhancing the quality of life for Georgians.

Better Environment

Improving our natural environment through operational and event-driven impacts related to energy, water, waste, air quality, food and beverage, and more.

Better Community

The health of our business and the health of the surrounding community are intrinsically tied through our work with various humanitarian organizations.

Better Leaders

Partnering with educational institutions throughout Georgia to build and grow the state's next generation of leaders.

Mission In Action

Committed to enhancing the quality of life for every Georgian, the GWCCA puts its mission into action by integrating sustainability and CSR into all aspects of business in order to support people, the planet, and the bottom line.

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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

Minimizing the environmental impacts of operations and events hosted on campus is the GWCCA’s primary focus.

Georgia World Congress Center

Largest LEED Gold certified convention center in the world.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

First LEED Platinum certified professional sports stadium in North America.

Savannah Convention Center

First LEED Gold certified convention center in Georgia.

Energy and Water

GWCCA is an industry leader in resource conservation and renewable energy.

Energy Savings Performance Contract

Conserving energy, saving money, equipment upgrades and a creative financing solution are all part of GWCCA’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contract with Trane. It is the largest such stand-alone project in Georgia, and also the largest in the country for public assembly venues.


savings in energy and water for GWCCA with performance contract.


solar panels on the GWCCA campus.


total cost savings during the second year of performance contract with Trane exceeded the guaranteed savings by $242,101.


gallons of water saved, approximately double the amount of water that the Georgia Aquarium holds.

Food and Beverage

GWCCA composts, donates unused meals, sources sustainable food and has its own honey-producing beehives.


meals donated to 14 Atlanta non-profits after Super Bowl LIII.


meeting rooms outfitted with water bottle filling stations in order to reduce single-use plastic containers.


pounds of honey culled from first harvest of our three on-campus beehives.

Team Member Engagement

GWCCA has a culture of stewardship that includes serving the surrounding community.


Volunteerism is a two-way street for the Authority. Our team members volunteer their time and talents on behalf of several local organizations that focus on basic needs, shelter, education and environment. Additionally GWCCA offers periodic opportunities for other groups to volunteer on our campus.

Thought Leadership

Recognized as an industry leader, the Authority has leadership expertise representing various disciplines, from event and sports management to public safety, law enforcement and sustainability. GWCCA leaders are active participants in panel discussions and industry forums, and serve as guest speakers and presenters. We’re honored to share our insights and specialized knowledge in academic or business settings.

Alternative Transportation

Getting to the GWCCA campus is a snap via rail, bus, rideshare, bike or on foot.
Each parking garage has at least one Chargepoint dual-port electric vehicle charging station with the entire campus able to charge 26 vehicles at once.
With direct service via two MARTA rail stations, GWCCA’s campus is easily accessible.
The entrances of the Georgia World Congress Center are outfitted with bicycle racks, for easy and safe storage for cyclists.
PATH Foundation off-road trails encircle the GWCCA campus providing connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists all throughout the city.

Waste Diversion

We work closely with internal and external partners to reduce the amount of material resources sent to landfills.


pounds of material diverted from landfills by GWCCA since 2010.


pounds of materials donated to local non-profits following Super Bowl LIII in February 2019


GWCCA forms strategic community partnerships that mutually enhance the quality of life for all Georgians.

Basic Needs

We work to ensure all Georgians have access to food, water, clothing and clean air.

Red Cross

As a campus focused on emergency preparedness, we work with the Red Cross for disaster response and blood services.

Atlanta Community Food Bank

GWCCA actively supports the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s mission to build a healthier, stronger community free of hunger by donating excess food and team members’ time to support critical needs.


Using blockchain technology, Goodr helps serve our business and the community by coordinating the logistics of excess food donations.

Arts and Education

We partner with local school districts as well as colleges and universities to foster learning and leadership development.

Everybody Wins

GWCCA team members have given their time to promote literacy to metro Atlanta elementary students for nearly a decade.


Partnering with the university’s School of Hospitality Administration, GSU and GWCCA have combined to create the first dedicated university classroom located in a major convention center.

Junior Achievement

With JA Georgia’s headquarters located inside GWCC’s Building C, we actively work to support their mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.


From commemorating the history of the Georgia Dome to redesigning the Authority team member cafeteria, each year a new class of SCAD students tackle an opportunity to integrate creative and innovative ideas within the GWCCA business.


We support organizations that administer to the homeless, and believe in affordable housing for all Georgians.

Atlanta Mission

A campus neighbor of the Authority, the Atlanta Mission is dedicated to ending homelessness. GWCCA works closely with the organization to provide much needed items, services, and training.


Reducing the Authority’s environmental impact, we implement the latest innovations in conserving energy and water and diverting waste.


An inaugural participant and winner of energy and water conservation awards.

Bee Downtown

As host to three beehives and more than 60,000 honey bees, GWCCA is ensuring pollinators have access to local food systems and vegetation in and around our campus.

In the News

See GWCCA's sustainability and CSR successes highlighted by various media outlets.

GWCC Hosts 9/11 Day Foundation’s annual National Day of Service & Remembrance

Georgia World Congress Center hosted the 9/11 Day Foundation’s annual National Day of Service and Remembrance community service activity for Atlanta last Saturday. In remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the foundation hosted a meal packing event in Building C of GWCC. The 9/11 Day is a non-profit created … Read More

GWCCA Celebrates World Bee Day

On World Bee Day, we celebrate the important role bees play in our ecosystem and how we can look to them to build better environments, better leaders, and better communities. The GWCCA bees returned to campus on Earth Day, April 22, in newly designed homes inspired by those same pillars that lead GWCCA Sustainability and … Read More

It’s easier than ever for an Atlanta meeting to be green

(Atlanta Business Chronicle) –
The Georgia World Congress Center is the largest LEED Gold-certified convention center in the world. It is among six other LEED-certified event venues in Atlanta.

In November, the Georgia World Congress Center will welcome Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the largest convention in the world dedicated to green building.

Do-goodrs rescue leftover food for non-profits

(Atlanta Journal-Constitution) –
Tim Trefzer, corporate social responsibility manager for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, has been working with Goodr for about a year. For many years, the authority has donated packaged and nonperishable food through its exclusive food service provider.

Super Bowl organizers, partners expand bid to run clean energy show

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sunday’s U.S. Super Bowl will score on the clean energy front, with an environmental group and a beer maker for the first time offering to offset greenhouse gas emissions linked to fans’ travel and the host city of Atlanta, organizers said.


Don’t simply take our word for it, numerous third party awards recognize GWCCA's sustainability and CSR program.

Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge


Waste Diversion Award


GWCC Top Performer for Water Conservation; COP Top Performer for Water Conservation


GWCC Top Performer for Energy Conservation



Region 4 Food Recovery Challenge Award for Sustainable Food Management

Georgia Recycling Coalition


Spirit of Green Awards: Outstanding Institutional Program


Spirit of Green Awards: Outstanding Institutional Program



LEED EBOM Silver Certification


LEED EBOM Gold Recertification


LEED EBOM Gold Recertification



Leadership Award


Leadership in Building Performance Award

Urban Green Council EB (Existing Building) Award


Jury Award

Environmental Leader 75


Top 75 Environmental Leaders


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