Zero Waste

Strive for zero waste operations, using creative approaches to sustainable purchasing, recycling, donating, and upcycling.

Internal Culture: 

We educate our staff on buying products that are sustainably-sourced and environmentally-friendly. See our sustainable procurement criteria here.

We emphasize a reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle approach. When a show is moving-out, our culture is to save everything we can.

We weigh all the material that is diverted. This helps us report a 65% landfill diversion for the Salt Palace and each event receives a diversion report (some over 90%!). This data allows us to set new goals and identify zero waste barriers.

Our East Foyer uses art to show a sustainable and circular system. Monumental Mattie is a 20-foot-tall mosaic, created from 4,200 carpet samples left over from a 2017 flooring convention, which pays tribute to the pioneering Martha Hughes Cannon (first state senator in US history).


External Partnerships: 

Since 2017, our Green Team and our event partners have diverted over 700,000 lbs of event material and 100,000 meals to community partners (over $1 million of value).

These partners upcycle and repurpose materials in incredible ways. Such as vinyl bags turning into tote bags or exhibit material being used in theatre productions.

We offer clients/general service contractors a Back-of-House Waste Sorting Program to increase diversion and decrease contamination (doing our part for global recycling!).

We are a launching partner to Dreamscapes by the Utah Arts Alliance. In the first six months, they generated $500,000 of revenue and added 12 new full-time positions.

Our sustainability team is heavily involved with the Utah Recycling Alliance (board of directors & volunteering). We’re committed to creating Utah’s zero waste future.


New Targets: 

As part of the Utah Sustainable Business Coalition pledge, we are committing to be zero waste venues (over 90% landfill diversion) by 2030.

While we work at it, one of our biggest weaknesses is in sustainable procurement. Our goal is over 50% of total purchases to be sustainable by 2022 and 100% by 2030.

While we have new recycling stations at the Salt Palace, we need more to replace the entire building, as all of Mountain America Expo Center. These stations follow Recycle Across America guidelines to empower attendees and reduce contamination.

In 2021, we will be phasing out polystyrene core signage from our venues. We are partnering with other venues around the world, and our decorators, event clients and manufacturers to eliminate this environmental hazard from our industry.

While we use Eco-products for single-use items in food & beverage, we continue to work towards reduction and elimination of these disposable products wherever possible. We also want to reduce and eliminate single-use in vending and concessions wherever possible. COVID-19 is bringing some challenges to this space, but we will keep at it! We hope to find solutions to all of these challenges by 2030.


Storytime: 

Coming soon!


Featured Community Partners

Coming soon! If you’re interested in sponsoring this pledge and/or becoming a partner to the You Are Here experience, call or email Chance Thompson at 801-455-0020 or chance.t@saltpalace.com. Together, we can build a better future and more sustainable businesses.


Featured Sponsors:

Coming soon! If you’re interested in sponsoring this pledge and/or becoming a partner to the You Are Here experience, call or email Chance Thompson at 801-455-0020 or chance.t@saltpalace.com. Together, we can build a better future and more sustainable businesses.

This You Are Here pledge (food rescue) is brought to you by our Green Team Committee. Any questions about the YAH experience can be sent to Chance Thompson, Senior Manager, Sustainability & PR at chance.t@saltpalace.com.

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