New LED lighting at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center provided a quick return on investment. (Jeff Blake)

Sustainability has quickly become table stakes for convention centers vis-à-vis competition and with attendees. That raised not only the ante for facilities but also costs.

“Now every delegate expects that you are sustainable, but nobody wants to pay for it,” quipped Rafael Viñoly-Menendez, a partner with LMN Architects. That sentiment was echoed by others in the industry, bu...

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