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 a recent renovation, we installed more than 100 energy-efficient HVAC units, new energy-efficient lighting and new recycling containers throughout the facility. We also invested in a cutting-edge energy dashboard that allows designated engineers and employee to monitor consumption levels for electric, gas and water. With all of these new initiatives, we have achieved LEED Silver certification by meeting the goal of exceeding New York State’s mandate of reducing energy and water consumption by 20% by the year 2020.


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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.

Jacqueline Tran - Director of Energy and Sustainability

Jacqueline Tran is the Energy and Sustainability Manager at the Javits Center, which has emerged as one of the leading examples of sustainability in the events industry. Jacqueline oversees the convention center’s robust sustainability program featuring a 6.75-acre green roof that serves as a habitat for 35 bird species, five bat species and thousands of honeybees on Manhattan’s West Side. With more than 10 years of experience, Jacqueline plays a critical role in implementing cutting-edge projects, including the construction of a one-acre rooftop farm, the design of innovative waste management strategies, and the installation of Manhattan’s largest rooftop solar farm. With her broad knowledge of sustainability and expert skills as an educator, Jacqueline works closely with event managers to reduce consumption, coordinates the JavitsCares program that repurposes exhibit materials in collaboration with customers, and manages the work of research institutions, environmental organizations and corporate vendors who study the impact of the facility’s sustainable initiatives.



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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