convention_center_center__web.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE — The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center has been awarded gold certification from The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), an arm of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in “Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance.”


The venue located on 17 acres at the northern end of Port Everglades, the world’s second largest cruise port, has hosted more than 5 million guests and more than 5,500 meetings since opening its doors in 1991.

It is the first convention center in Florida to be LEED certified on any level, and one of only three in the nation to achieve LEED Gold certification for an existing building.

“This is truly a great day for Broward County as we bring home the gold and celebrate the successful transformation of our convention center into a model of sustainability,” said Nicki Grossman, president/CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We have reached an Olympic goal that no other Florida convention center has attained.”

Broward County Mayor John Rodstrom said, “Considering the extraordinary importance to Broward County’s economy of attracting meetings and conventions from around the world, the commitment to achieving LEED for Existing Buildings Gold certified status for our convention center is a crucial investment in our county’s future (that) makes us a convention destination of choice.”

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* Pictured above is The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, the first in Florida to be LEED certified, and one of only three in the nation to achieve LEED Gold for an existing building, features a three-level glass atrium that looks out onto Fort Lauderdale's Intracoastal Waterway.