setting the sustainability standard

At the Javits Center, sustainability has become a critical focus in an effort to improve the quality of life for our employees, visitors, surrounding neighborhood and ecosystem. Ultimately, we are striving to be a model of sustainable practices for the exhibition industry, buildings across New York City and the surrounding community. We are working with several institutions to study the impact of our conservation efforts while introducing new elements that we believe will have a maximum impact on the environment. As a part of our recent expansion, we have installed a one-acre rooftop farm, as well as a rooftop orchard and greenhouse, along with a host of other sustainable upgrades. All of this builds on our efforts to transform the convention center into a wildlife sanctuary and a leader in energy conservation. For us, the journey has only just begun.


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A Wildlife Habitat

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Pavilion + Orchard

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The Green Roof

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The Farm

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Jacob's Harvest


Our Experts

Kenneth Sanchez, Chief Sustainability Officer

Kenneth Sanchez manages facility operations at the Javits Center, a 2.1 million square-foot property that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Mr. Sanchez oversees all construction projects designed to maintain and improve the building's operations, including daily engineering activities, sustainability improvements and customer-facing equipment. Before joining the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation, Mr. Sanchez served as Director of Engineering and Sustainability Champion, as well as an Owner Representative in Project Management for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. He also has served as Director of Operations and Facilities Management for SMG-Worldwide Entertainment & Convention Venue Management and Director of Engineering for Wyndham Worldwide. He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Turabo in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and a Masters degree in Hospitality Management from Cornell University.

Julia Widmann, Sustainability Operations Manager

Julia Widmann is the Sustainability Operations Manager at the Javits Center, where she focuses on managing sustainable food and beverage operations and zero-waste initiatives across the six-block campus. She works closely with the Javits Center’s environmental services teams, in-house caterers and rooftop farmers to increase waste diversion rates and reduce the venue’s carbon footprint. With a solid background in sustainability policy and farming operations, Julia develops engagement and educational opportunities among employees and stakeholders while strengthening partnerships with community groups in order to facilitate donations citywide. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Policy from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.



Through our innovative sustainability efforts, the Javits Center is poised to sustain a green environment far into the future. Most importantly, our dedication to sustainability embodies everything that the Javits Center stands for: world-class technological innovation, resourcefulness and an unrivaled commitment to excellence. View our Sustainability Reports below:

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Getting Here

Within New York City, public transportation is always a quick and affordable way to go- and the opening of the new 7 Subway line extension across the street makes the trip even more convenient.
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