(WBIR, Knoxville) - The Knoxville Convention Center is saving more than $150,000 a year by being more energy efficient.
On Thursday, the convention center general manager alongside Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero announced the building has been awarded LEED Silver Certification for existing buildings by the U-S Green Building Council.
This means the convention center meets certain sustainability guidelines, and the Knoxville building is the only convention center in the state to do so.
The convention center was retrofitted with more than 450 rooftop solar panels, a new window film to keep cool air in, a new hot water system and a new lighting system.
"Well I think it is important in our industry. It is a way to save money out of our operating budget because all of these systems that we have implemented, the retrofits, save money. It reduces our carbon footprint which is the right thing to do," said General Manager Mary Bogert.
She hopes this brings even more business and tourism to the convention center.