Sustainability Efforts

AWEA has an Event Sustainability Policy that helps us create event experiences that embody and inspire our core value “We (Heart) Wind Energy.”  Every year, AWEA hosts thousands of participants at events throughout the United States.  This policy outlines how the AWEA event planning processes and practices will aim to promote action on issues that are important to AWEA members and staff.

WINDPOWER 2018 Sustainability Leaders

Each year we engage our exhibitors on sustainability for the show. In 2018 we launched the Sustainability Leaders Award.

AWEA is pleased to recognize our WINDPOWER 2018 Leaders in Sustainability:



To become eligible for the 2019 WINDPOWER Sustainability Leader Award: Join the 2019 WINDPOWER Exhibitor Green Team

WINDPOWER Sustainability Goals:

  • Make the event 100% Wind Powered
  • Advance Stakeholder Engagement and Education around Sustainable Practices
  • Reuse, Repurpose or Donate any and all materials and food related to the event
  • Increase participation of attendees and exhibitors in WINDPOWER sustainability initiatives

Did You Know:

  • WINDPOWER requires that front of house composting be available throughout the convention center for the duration of our event.
  • WINDPOWER has set show minimum waste diversion rate goal of 65%. Industry average at convention centers is less than 50%.
  • Almost HALF of WINDPOWER attendees download the mobile app rather than using a printed expo guide.
  • You can offset your carbon footprint from traveling and being at WINDPOWER that supports wind energy projects when you register for WINDPOWER.

Make Your Sustainability Pledge

We challenge you to become an environmental steward while you’re attending WINDPOWER 2019.
Please pledge at least three best practices (or more!) that you are committed to doing to keep WINDPOWER, and the surrounding Houston community, green. Post your pledge on social media and be sure to use #WINDPOWER2019 and also tag @AWEA on Twitter and American Wind Energy Association on LinkedIn so that we can share.
Be sure to stop by onsite during the conference to make your in-person pledge at the (Leave a) Legacy Lounge in Hall C Lobby.
In an effort to make my WINDPOWER 2019 experience more sustainable I pledge to:
  • Offset my travel to Houston. Add to your registration here.
  • Stay at a Certified Green Hotel in Houston. 
  • Use the linen and towel reuse program at my hotel and turn off lights when I leave my hotel room.
  • Bring my reusable water bottle/coffee mug with me.
  • Responsibly dispose of waste materials by recycling or composting at the convention center.
  • Choose sustainable, local, meatless or organic food whenever possible when dining out during the event. For some suggestions check out these local restaurants.
  • Use low carbon transportation options by walking to the convention center from your hotel. If it’s too far to walk, utilize the WINDPOWER shuttles (all carbon is offset) or Houston’s Greenlink Circulator bus. The Greenlink makes for convenient transportation around downtown during times when the official WINDPOWER shuttle system may not be operating.  View this map showing the WINDPOWER hotels that overlap with the green and orange Greenlink routes for more information. 
  • Participate in the Exhibitor Green Team.
  • Use the AWEA Events App in lieu of the printed program.
  • Participate in the WINDPOWER Community Service Project where we are working with the Arbor Day Foundation to restore trees lost to Hurricane Harvey. Add a donation to your registration here.

Housing Partner Sustainability:  

Check out the sustainability summary of the WINDPOWER hotels. Those that have already offset the anticipated energy usage during WINDPOWER with wind energy credits are identified in their individual listing.