Convention center named a green meeting place

Lights have changed at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

Lights have changed at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Gatlinburg Convention Center has been given a Green Verification from Convention South for efforts to save the environment.

Since 2008, the center has been making improvements and completing a checklist of items to help gain the recognition.

Through the process the convention center has changed out hundreds of light bulbs. Light fixtures changed from 400 to 250 watt bulbs. Now saving the city tens of thousands of dollars on the electric bill.

"The color spectrum is better, it's a brighter fixture. So we're going to improve the lighting as well as save," said Scott Murphy with the convention center.

The city matched a state grant of $30,380 to make the improvements. The 124 bulbs replaced in the Great Hall should result in $11,248.06 savings annually.

"Having the convention center be a green meeting space just ties in with what the rest of the city's doing that's very important to us as well as our planners," said Karen Robertson, Director of Sales for the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

The convention center plans additional changes in the future as they continue to find way to save tax dollars in the city.

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