The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) is Growing Green for its biennial trade show, AWFS Fair 2009.  Display materials and equipment will be environmentally friendly, show refuse will be reduced and recycled and AWFS will be offering “Going Green,” a special track in the educational program on how companies can make their products and processes “green” and meet new green building standards.
Working with the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), as well as Freeman, the association’s show general contractor, AWFS is setting a goal of recycling a large percentage of all materials expended at the show.  AWFS will also sponsor a shredding machine provided by WEIMA-America, which will reduce waste created by exhibitors.  Everything from pallets and crates to all types of wood scrap from demonstration equipment will be salvaged for re-use.
The College of Woodworking Knowledge (CWWK), the education program of the AWFS Fair and the largest in the industry, will feature the “Going Green,” track with a set of environmentally oriented seminars. Material covered will include emerging green standards affecting wood products, adhesives and finishes; forest certification programs and chain of custody issues; and sessions designed to help industry professionals understand the requirements of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, a green building certification program created by the U.S. Green Building Council. The full CWWK program will be available online in March 2009.  
“Green Options” being used by AWFS and offered to exhibitors will include:

• Carpeting: Environmentally friendly and 100 percent recyclable carpet is available to exhibitors and for all aspects of the Fair.

• Exhibitor Press and Service Kits: AWFS will be offering CDs for the exhibitor kits. An estimated 24 million sheets of paper have been saved due to the introduction of electronic kits for trade shows.

• Furnishings: Wastebaskets made of recycled natural products.

• Aluminum System Equipment: Modular structural systems for the show will be made of recycled aluminum, which can then be recycled and reused.

• Signage/Graphics Production: AWFS will produce graphics artwork on a special opaque material that can be mounted on a substrate (such as PVC panel units) used previously, which will greatly reduce the amount of waste.

• Vehicle Emissions: AWFS is using propane LP natural gas fuel for forklifts, carts and other vehicles, which will lower the overall toxicity of the air quality in the convention center.

The LVCC’s own efforts include converting frying oil to bio-diesel, providing fair trade products and organic coffee in concession stands, using only green cleaning products and recycling all copier and printer ink cartridges.

In addition, LVCC will donate all leftover food produced daily at the conference to the Nevada Association of Latin Americans.

“It’s important our industry take a stand and be more ecologically responsible,” Angelo Gangone, executive director, AWFS said.  “We decided we’d look at all aspects of our show, and try to be environmentally conscious, work with our vendors and partners, and find as many ways to recycle as possible.”   
More information regarding AWFS®Fair 2009:
Once again, the full-scale international fair will be housed in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central and North Halls, offering over 500,000 square feet of show space. Manufacturers and suppliers are invited to take advantage of this educational conference.
When: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 – Saturday, July 18, 2009
Where:  Las Vegas Convention Center.
For more information and to register, visit

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