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The 135,000 square-foot Cabarrus Arena & Events Center makes a huge impact on the community and the events it attracts to our community. We are committed to the effort of caring for our environment by developing methods to reduce, reuse and recycle in our everyday routines. Employees of SMG, Cabarrus County, Cabarrus Arena and County officials, have engaged in a continuous commitment to be environmentally conscious by implementing green practices into facility operations.

The Cabarrus Arena is one of a growing number of large event facilities across the United States to “go green.” In addition to procedures implemented like the usage of biodegradable cups made from corn products, the facility has gone the extra mile and added substantial recycling programs, environmentally-friendly cleaning products, and energy-saving initiatives.

Part of the “going green” initiative means purchasing environmentally sensitive cleaning supplies, which are cost-comparable and equally effective to conventional cleaning products, reducing the amount of chemicals used, and using equipment that utilizes less chemicals and as importantly – less water.

Green cleaning products reduce people’s exposure to irritants and toxic chemicals while protecting the health of custodial staff that works closely with the supplies. Long-term studies have demonstrated that some of the benefits of a green building and a green cleaning program are increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, as well as longevity and increased value for the building.

A list of all green initiatives currently in place at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center follows:

  • Recycled paper products in Cabarrus Room rest rooms to minimize waste
  • Occupancy sensors in Arena, Event Center and Gold Hall rest rooms
  • Electric hand dryers in Arena, Event Center and Gold Hall rest rooms to reduce paper waste

  • Low-Flow toilets in all Cabarrus Arena rest room facilities
  • Energy efficient HVAC system in Cabarrus Arena
  • Work lights reduced to 50% for event move ins and move outs
  • Installed dispensers using green certified soap which requires less water to rinse
  • Micro fiber cleaning materials used and Hepa filters installed in all vacuum cleaners
  • Meeting room lights are kept off when not in use
  • Employee energy conservation awareness program
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs in public areas
  • Environmentally green house keeping products
  • On-site heavy equipment operating on clean burning propane
  • Energy Management Programming in building support and environmental systems
  • Centralized off-site use of heating and cooling services to reduce cost and impact to Cabarrus County
  • Reserve office paper for only necessary use
  • Eliminate Cabarrus Arena's desktop printers by utilizing one central printer / copier whenever possible
  • Use printers and copiers which are environmentally efficient in use of power – recycle toner cartridges
  • Reuse recycled bond paper for non-essential Cabarrus Arena documents
  • Participate with local businesses in a county-wide composting program
  • Provide Cabarrus Arena employees with reusable vessels for beverages
  • Recycle containers throughout the Cabarrus Arena, in offices, locker/dressing rooms and break areas
  • Mandatory recycling of wood pallets (more than 500 every year)
  • Recycle all cardboard and paper for the facility and all general service contractors with a dumpster exclusively used for this purpose
  • Kitchen grease recycling
  • Purchase recycled paper products for Cabarrus Arena office use
  • Promote an employee recycling program

  • Recycle all aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles disposed of by groups in the facility with clearly marked recycling bins throughout the facility
  • Recycle all cardboard packaging
  • Recycle toner cartridges
  • Participate in Cabarrus County's surplus programs to reduce landfill use
  • Continually research green practices relating to public venues to implement during events
  • Simply put, whatever is recyclable is recycled. Savor... will work with local companies and Cabarrus County's recycling programs to properly separate and handle all recyclable materials, ensuring reuse as their final destination. This endeavor extends to not only the ground level, but also to guests who will be provided labeled containers throughout the facility to dispose of waste in their proper receptacles.
Food & Beverage
  • Offer the use of China, Glass and Silver whenever possible
  • Offer clear beverage cups that are made from a biodegradable corn material (PLA)
  • Use compostable boxes or minimal packaging for box lunches
  • Use biodegradable coffee cups
  • Usage of 65% post-consumer recycled paper napkins or use cloth napkins whenever possible
  • Support Buying foods locally whenever feasible
  • Catering menus offer organic and locally grown options
  • Serve water on tables by request only
  • Serve locally grown products whenever possible
  • All cooking oil is recycled
  • Bulk Beverages; Iced Tea, Coffee & Water available for most events
  • New dishwashers installed 2007 reducing water consumption by more than 66%
  • Set rooms and prepare meals only for the actual number guaranteed
  • Our arena offers the latest trends in concession choices with all menu items bought, served and disposed of with a commitment to minimizing our "footprint" on the environment
Sustainability Commitments from SAVOR...
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  • Savor... integrates farm-to-table initiatives into all food and beverage operations. We intend to purchase local produce whenever possible to ensure the freshest of ingredients, allowing us to support the local economy by supporting regional farmers. Consequently, these actions will reduce "food miles," thus decreasing transportation emissions.
Biodegradable / Recyclable Products
  • committed to avoiding petroleum based products, including most plastics and Styrofoam with lead to pollution, toxicity and landfills. Additionally, we are adopting environmentally friendly utensils, service pieces and packaging made from corn and potato starch that quickly biodegrade. From concessions to suite catering, all packaging and utensils will be used with this policy.
  • Savor... works with other local organizations to infiltrate a composting program utilizing food and facility waste. This practice will help local farmers enrich the soil while reducing the need for chemical additives, which enhances local farm equity and product freshness.
Environmentally Sound Suppliers
  • We actively seek / contract suppliers and vendors who make green initiatives a proirity in their daily business. These suppliers include local companies dedicated to environmentally sound practices, as well as national vendors who have made green practices an everyday objective.
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