The Jacob Javits Convention Center has joined the Net Zero Carbon Events pledge.

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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.

Path to Net Zero

While the Javits Center's sustainability journey began over ten years ago, with renovations during a span of 5 years (2009-2014), our journey to net zero carbon emissions has ramped up since the publication of our 2021 Sustainability Report. Furthermore, our commitment to the Net Zero Carbon Events (NZCE) Pledge in 2021 and the release of Governor Hochul's 2022 New York State Executive Order 22 have advanced out sustainability and climate positive ambitions.

Path To Net Zero

AT A GLANCE


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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.

Isabel Heard, Sustainability Specialist

As the Sustainability Specialist at the Javits Center, Isabel Heard focuses on waste management, sustainable event planning, and environmental communications. She loves applying her problem-solving skills to logistical hurdles at the macro and micro levels, and she can often be seen rushing to various parts of the 3.3-million square foot facility to offer hands-on assistance to various departments.

Isabel’s passion for sustainability blossomed at McGill University, where she earned her BA in Urban Studies and Environmental Studies and served as the President of Nourish International, a student-led organization dedicated to helping students kickstart sustainable projects on campus. During her studies, she focused on green infrastructure policy and the geographies of urban wellness, which serves her well at the Javits Center as she engages directly with some of the nation’s most advanced green infrastructure projects. She is proud of the work that the Center has done to optimize energy efficiency, enhance biodiversity, and divert waste from the landfill, and she is excited to continue working closely with show organizers as they explore sustainable solutions for their events.

 

SUSTAINABILITY REPORTS


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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