Lauderdale show announces emissions pledge

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Show Management, producer of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, said it will offset 100 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions from its electricity and fuel use at the 2010 boat show.

These carbon offsets will prevent more than 264 tons of global carbon dioxide pollution.

A carbon offset is a financial instrument aimed at a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon offsets are measured in metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent and can represent six primary categories of greenhouse gases.

One carbon offset represents the reduction of one metric ton of carbon dioxide or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases. Show Management will purchase carbon offsets to mitigate its own greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, electricity use and other sources at the show.

With this offset purchase, Show Management helped build the new Greensburg Wind Farm in Greensburg, Kan., by providing essential funding for the renewable energy project.

Also, the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, one of the boat show's five locations, is on track to become certified by the U.S. Green Building Council in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for operations and management of an existing building.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center's daily operations now include numerous eco-friendly preferences, from water use to lighting and other key applications.

Inside, the center has installed low-flow toilets, faucets and dishwashers. Outside, a revamped landscape design will reduce irrigation needs by using verdant plants and trees indigenous to South Florida and less water-dependent turf grass.

"The marine industry is all about appreciating and conserving the beauty and wonder of our waterways," said Dane Graziano, senior vice president and COO of Show Management, in a statement. "Supporting eco-friendly initiatives and sustainability of the Earth's natural resources is a logical priority for the boat show and the hundreds of industry vendors who participate each year."

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show runs Oct. 28-Nov. 1

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