International Roofing Expo Commitment to Sustainability

Shaping the Roofing and Exteriors Industries for a Sustainable Future.

We know that sustainability is becoming increasingly important. Running the International Roofing Expo gives us many opportunities to improve our impact environmentally, socially and economically in the regions we operate.

We want to make the International Roofing Expo more responsible and play a role in helping the market improve its own sustainability. We do this through connecting people with networks and knowledge to help solve the big challenges in our industry.

Our three pledges

Inspiring Sustainable Development

Environmental
Responsibility

Social
Responsibility

See It In Action - Green Initiatives

Energy

We minimize energy use by reducing the lights, power, and HVAC during move-in and move-out times in exhibit halls. This helps reduce our event's carbon emissions from the venue energy use and helps us create Net Zero Carbon events, utilizing renewable electricity IRE 2022 and beyond. In addition, the MCCNO has upgraded over 5,000 light fixtures to LEDs. All exhibit hall lighting has been upgraded to LEDs as well.

Recycling

At the request of the IRE, the MCCNO will monitor and track the volume of waste and recycling, which is already a part of MCCNO's LEED certification. These initiatives have been implemented to focus on the waste diversion rate and divert as much waste from the show from the NOLA landfills as possible. The MCCNO will have recycling cans for the show floor, lobbies, and outside all meeting rooms. There will also be recycling cans inside meeting rooms and IRE-contracted spaces. The IRE is also requesting a recycling stream of pallets and cardboard, which is part of MCCNO's sustainability initiatives. 

Staff Training

We train our staff to dispose of recyclable materials and other waste properly.

Composting

All leftover food from the event will be composted to help divert as much waste from the show from the NOLA landfills as possible.

At the MCCNO, Centerplate composts all kitchen waste, and most of the food-ware is made of biodegradable materials.

Food Donations

The MCCNO makes food donations to local partners, coordinated by Centerplate.

Water

The MCCNO has over 60 water bottle filling stations throughout the convention center. In addition, the new 7 acre Pedestrian Park outside our facility manages stormwater in rain gardens planted with native Louisiana wetland plants.

Booth Furnishings & Carpet

We use pre-cut to length tabletop vinyl, reusable drapery, wooden tables, and biodegradable trash can liners. We have also eliminated aisle carpet and no longer required booth carpet at the IRE. All carpet, padding, and plastic covering used contain recycled content and are recyclable. 

Badges

New for 2022! All participants will have the option to use a digital badge delivered to their smartphone to access the show floor, sessions, and events, OR print a traditional printed badge at a mobile printing station. Badges will be printed on recycled paper stock, and you'll have the option to recycle them after the show.

Registration

We have moved to 100% online registration, eliminating the need for printed onsite registration forms.

Exhibitor Service Manuals

Exhibitor Service Manuals (ESMs) are made available electronically via our
website to reduce paper waste.

Show Program and Floor Plans

To help reduce paper consumption, printing waste, and paper waste, we no longer print the show program and floor plan. Attendees and exhibitors can access the digital show guide and the floor plan on our website and via the IRE mobile app.

Signs & Graphics

Whenever possible, graphics are produced from environmentally responsible components with water-based inks.

About the Event

Each year the International Roofing Expo partners with a local chapter of the non-profit organization Rebuilding Together to help make critical home repairs for low-income local community members in need, including veterans, the elderly, and the disabled. The annual IRE Community Service Day Project consists of a volunteer day, monetary donations, and sponsor donations. 

Volunteer Day

For our volunteer day, IRE attendees and exhibitors sign up to physically work making the repairs to homes or other local community projects. The volunteer day is held a day before the show opens. 

Donations

During registration and on our website, IRE attendees and exhibitors can make a monetary donation to help us raise $10,000 to assist with the cost of the home repairs. The International Roofing Expo also makes a monetary donation each year to the project. 

Sponsors

The IRE works with various sponsors to help raise money for the project, secure donated supplies, and help cover the volunteer day's expenses. In addition, each year, we work with companies to donate the labor and supplies to replace one or more roofs for people in need.

How Our Commitment Works

1. Inspiring Sustainable Development

Our first aim is for our events to inspire sustainable development.

This is about the sustainability of the industry that our event serves. With focus on our content and partnerships, we inspire our attendees, exhibitors and event teams to deliver a sustainable event.

2. Running an Environmentally Responsible Event

Our second aim is to run our events in an environmentally responsible manner.

The key is considering how we can reduce our carbon footprint through energy efficiency, consideration of our energy use, waste reduction and our procurement choices.

3. Running a Socially Responsible Event

Our third aim is to run our events in a socially responsible manner.

This requires us to think about the impact we have on the local community and whether we are being a good neighbor. It also includes how we consider the welfare of everyone at our events, how we do business in an ethical and safe manner and how we promote equality and accessibility.