December 1-3, 2022

Miami Beach

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Sustainability

Sustainability

Our Strategy

Together with a sustainability consultancy and an internal working group, Art Basel is developing long-term initiatives to improve its ecological footprint, as well as helping our galleries and collectors reduce their carbon emissions. In particular, the key priorities are:

  • Professional analysis and calculation of Art Basel's carbon footprint following SBTi standards, including owned as well as associated emissions.
  • Development of a holistic strategy to reduce our carbon footprint on a global level, across our four shows and digital initiatives
  • Implementing strategy along with an action plan to achieve goals in set timeline

Art Basel is also a member of the Gallery Climate Coalition GCC, whose goal is to facilitate a greener and more sustainable art world and collectively reduce our carbon footprint by 50% by 2030 (in line with the Paris agreement), along with near zero-waste practices.

Art Basel Miami Beach

In Miami Beach we work closely with the show venue, the Miami Beach Convention Center to foster and support sustainable practices.

The reimagined Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) is committed to supporting sustainability and climate change actions as part of its corporate social responsibility program, as well as resiliency initiatives in the City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County by incorporating environmentally friendly building features and sustainable business practices for all meetings, tradeshows, events, conferences, and conventions held at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

The renovated MBCC is Silver LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and the new design reduces energy consumption by 20 percent.

For further information, please visit: miamibeachconvention.com/sustainability

See our current initiatives below.

Building

The Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), reimagined in 2018, is the centrepiece to Miami Beach’s meetings, conventions, and tradeshow industry.

The building features state-of-the-art sustainable design and eco-conscious operational procedures.

Builders used recycled materials throughout the building, with more than 20 percent of materials sourced locally in Miami and Florida.

Ninety six percent of construction waste is recycled, and the project has so far diverted more than 38,000 tons of waste recycling.

The MBCC is surrounded by architectural “fins” that provide sun-shading along the exterior perimeter of the building. Specially designed fin-like structures reduce the heat inside the facility, and bay lighting takes advantage of natural sunlight, high-efficiency units, and LED bulbs. This new design reduces energy consumption by 20 percent.

Reduced energy consumption

In an effort to reduce electrical consumption, the new MBCC relies on daylight in the public spaces.

The MBCC has also installed high efficiency LED lighting throughout the ballrooms, meeting rooms and public spaces.

New occupancy light sensors throughout the building also reduce electricity consumption by automatically turning off lights in meeting rooms and ballrooms when the spaces are not in use.

Fair operations

The entire wall-system, aluminum truss system and energy-saving LED lighting is reusable.

The wall-system for all our shows is fully reusable and has a lifespan of between 7-10 years, after which it is repurposed for other trade shows.

The central storage and restoration facility is located near Düsseldorf due to its proximity to the Rotterdam harbor, and the walls are shipped by boat to Miami Beach.

The show does not install any aisle carpet and takes an approach to minimize carpet in any of its special areas.

For catering: Where feasible non-disposable tableware is provided, alternatively biodegradable and compostable products are in use.

Art Basel works together with Sodexo Live!, who implement the following five sustainable practices: Boosting plant-based meals, driving responsible and local sourcing, reducing waste, supporting communities through food donations and volunteerism, and transitioning to biodegradable and compostable products.

Water fountains are located throughout the MBCC and aluminum bottles are distributed to exhibitors, partners, and staff.

Waste management for our show is aligned with the overall regulations implemented by the venue the MBCC.

Art Basel works with local suppliers as much as possible to reduce the overall carbon emissions from transportation.

Art Basel works with suppliers that provide sustainable products in our catalogue of services:

Laminate Eco labels: Blue AngelPEFC Certified (link), PVD Free.
Ceilings: EPD certified.

Art Basel is launching a carpooling initiative to promote carsharing amongst the hosts as well as security staff working for the Miami Beach show. Art Basel will cover the parking costs for those who carpool with 2 and more individuals, as well as offer a complimentary day ticket to the show.

Marketing

Fair staff wear reusable uniforms that can be reused year after year.

Wherever possible, Art Basel uses digital communication instead of print and works with selected suppliers that provide sustainable products and services.