The Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) said that this year’s venue will be more environmentally friendly than in years past. Show Management, which produces the “world’s largest boat show”, said that it will offset 100 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions from its electricity and fuel usage. A statement also noted that the Ft Lauderdale Convention Center is becoming a “green venue”.

“Supporting eco-friendly initiatives and sustainability of the earth’s natural resources is a logical priority for the boat show and the hundreds of industry vendors who participate each year,” said Dane Graziano, senior vice president and COO of Show Management, in the statement.

In order to offset what it estimates to be 264 tonnes of global carbon dioxide pollution, Show Management helped build the new Greensburg Wind Farm in Greensburg, Kansas. The wind farm is considered a renewable energy project. It was developed after the town was leveled by a tornado in 2007, and residents decided to rebuild as the “greenest town in America”.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, which is one of the show’s five venues, is also working to become certified by the US Green Building Council in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) for operations and management of an existing building.

The convention centre has a commitment of up to US$3m from SMG to complete the conversion by the fourth quarter of 2011. The facility had developed a “Green Team” in 2007 to work on long-term goals for the LEED certification.

The boat show encompasses 3 million sq ft of space, both on land and water, over five sites.