TCF Center Green Committee

2019 Sustainable Brands in TCF Center

Green Initiatives

The TCF Center commitment to environmental stewardship in our community is demonstrated by our continuous efforts to investigate, validate and implement new and innovative Green initiatives throughout the facility, and by our programs designed to educate our employees, vendors, customers, partners, and visitors in the importance of the sustainability of our environment.

TCF Center Is An Events Industry Council ASTM/APEX Standard and LEED Gold Certified Facility

  • The TCF Center Green Committee meets several times monthly to promote sustainability practices and Green initiatives, and has members from every department and in-house contracting company.
  • Materials left by events are donated to local agencies for reuse and upcycling.
  • The glass-enclosed concourse area on the main level, the three-story glass atrium and the third floor corridor glass ceiling provide enough natural light during daytime hours to minimize main hallway daytime lighting throughout TCF Center.
  • Exhibit halls in TCF Center are equipped with induction lighting that uses 50% less electricity.
  • TCF Center is air conditioned by pumping grey water from the Detroit River through chillers that then send the cool water to various air handlers, providing cooling to zoned areas in the center. This system uses considerably less electricity than conventional air conditioning units.
  • All main hall lighting and heat/cool settings are computer programmed and managed.
  • Paper, aluminum can and plastic bottle recycling containers are placed in all office areas and high traffic meeting areas throughout the center for aggressive recycling.
  • Escalators in the building are energy efficient, Kone EcoMod units. All escalators run based on occupancy and event needs.
  • All in-house contractors participate in center recycling and Green initiatives.
  • The recent TCF Center $279 million facility upgrade incorporates numerous green building components including low-flow restroom and kitchen equipment, energy efficient HVAC equipment and a living green roof..
  • The TCF Center housekeeping staff uses products that are environmentally safe and non-toxic.
  • All pallets are recycled to a local area vendor.
  • My Green Michigan provides complete composting services to TCF Center.
  • Centerplate, the TCF Center exclusive food and beverage provider collects prepared food that has not been served for pick up by Forgotten Harvest, a local company that delivers the food to pantries, soup kitchens and shelters throughout Southeastern Michigan.



TCF Center Is The Proud Recipient Of The Following Community Based Awards for Sustainability Leadership:

  • 2021 USGBC Community Safe Haven Award 

  • 2020 U.S. Green Buildings Council Leadership Award for Building Performance

  • EcoWorks Sustainable Communities Champion Award

  • Keep Michigan Beautiful President's Plaque

  • Detroit Free Press Green Leader Award

  • Detroit Green Task Force Earth Day Business Award

  • USGBC Detroit Region Outstanding Sustainable Design Award

TCF Center provides post-event waste diversion reports to show managers upon request. All event reports and waste diversion services are provided to customers at no cost. Ask your event manager about it today!


TCF Center's Corporate Social Responsibility efforts (TCF Impact) are an integral part of the sustainability program. 

Find out more about TCF Impact HERE

TCF Center Green Event Downloads

If you are a local non-profit that would like to receive donations of materials left from our events or have questions about TCF Green:

Email us: or consult your TCF Center sales or event manager