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ACTA Adelaide : ACTA Adelaide
www.acta.com.au 15 also actively backs the 'Trees for Life' campaign and has implemented a native tree growing project that offsets its environment footprint, creating healthy functioning ecosystems. The Adelaide Event and Exhibition Centre has put in place a number of environmentally sustainable initiatives, while recently undergoing major expansions to the $50 million redevelopment. Underground storage for 3.5 million litres of harvested rainwater to supply 50% of the water requirements for the 26 hectare site has been included. Also 10,000 sqm of solar panels have been installed to supply electricity to the exhibition facilities, making it the largest installation of any commercial structure in the South Hemisphere. Operators such as the Adelaide Convention Centre and Adelaide Event and Exhibition Centre are already setting a high standard in promoting the state as the premier clean, green tourism destination. The Adelaide Convention Centre places significant emphasis in its own green business events, and recently became the first in Australia to achieve Green Globe Silver certification, joining a select group across the globe. The centre is ensuring the venue operates in the most environmentally responsible ways and offers a series of 'Go for Green' events packages, as well as a number of carbon emissions offset options for the organisers and delegates of functions both large and small. Famous for its self composting of food waste (Adelaide Convention Centre has its own worm farm, home to 800,000 hungry worms), the centre Delegates wishing to enjoy pre or post event touring experiences whilst in South Australia, may be pleased to note that 15% of Australia's accredited eco-tourism operators are based in the state, with latest statistics indicating that more than 1 million 'nature based' visitors arrive each year. Recently, seven South Australian tourism operators became some of the first in the world to gain climate action certification. These tourism operators have successfully taken part in a world-first pilot program, run by Ecotourism Australia, to certify operators who are taking action in response to climate change. Further underlining South Australia's sustainable credentials, is the fact that more than 20% of the state is protected as reserves for conservation, a greater percentage than any other mainland state.