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

Yashi Dadhich, Director of Energy and Sustainability

Yashi Dadhich is the Director of Energy and Sustainability at the Javits Center, the busiest convention center in the United States. As a result-oriented ambitious sustainability professional, Ms. Dadhich leads the iconic venue’s award-winning sustainability program, which includes the largest green roof in New York State, a unique wildlife habitat, a one-acre working farm and one of the region’s leading energy conservation initiatives. Ms. Dadhich’s goal is to align creative and innovative sustainable business strategies into organizations to reduce their impacts on our planet and our communities. Since 2016, she has been working as an independent consultant with a variety of high-profile clients, including several Fortune 100 companies. Before joining the Javits Center, Ms. Dadhich was working with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies as their Sustainability Lead, where she collaborated with multiple departments to embed ESG initiatives at the corporate level and oversee calculations of impacts from the construction of this futuristic technology to help them identify the low impact materials and methodologies. Ms. Dadhich participated in revising the guidelines for conducting Social Life Cycle Assessment for Products and Organizations at UNEP, Paris. The guidelines were published by UNEP in December 2020, and Ms. Dadhich was a contributing author for the document. Ms. Dadhich holds a graduate degree in Sustainability and a certificate in Corporate Sustainability and Innovation from Harvard 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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