It’s our goal to have the conference be a reflection of the inspiring green efforts of our sponsoring companies, member breweries, and what are members already doing in their own homes.

The following is an overview of Homebrew Con’s sustainability efforts:


  • Minimizing waste in the Homebrew Expo is crucial to a green the event.
  • Exhibitors have been asked to make a commitment to sustainability (and provided resources to do so) and have a pack-in, pack-out mentality.
  • Collection bins are available during set-up and tear-down to recycle cardboard, plastics (including shrink wrap) and the like.
  • Whenever possible, Freeman Exhibit Services will reuse materials, including carpeting and pallets.

Conscious Products

  • Compostable cups provided by sponsor Eco-Products are available throughout all areas, including the Homebrew Expo, the Craft Beer Kickoff Party, Club Night and sessions.
  • Please use your commemorative glass provided whenever possible!

Let’s make the conference a Green Event!

The following is the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Guide to Reducing Waste:

What you CAN do to reduce waste:

  • Use the facility recycling receptacles during move in/out and run of the show
  • Use only products that are recyclable at the DLCC
  • Minimize packaging
  • Bring only what is anticipated for attendees
  • Provide information on a reusable drive or through a QR code

Smart Exhibit Display Design

  • Create signs and banners that are reusable or can be recycled.
  • Print handouts on a post-consumer recycled content paper using soy or vegetable based inks
  • Use energy efficient lighting for displays
  • Turn off booth lighting, monitors, and equipment

Transportation Considerations

  • Use local vendors when possible to reduce transportation
  • Use local public transportation, walk or bike when possible,
  • Walk: Downtown Pittsburgh is a compact 50-acre area bordered by Grant Street to the east, Penn Avenue to the north and the Boulevard of the Allies to the south. You’re never more than a few blocks to your destination, and downtown is easy to walk.
  • Rideshare: Uber and Lyft are popular options for an affordable ride in minutes. Both rideshares are available throughout the city, as well as the Pittsburgh International Airport. Just be sure to download the apps.
  • Taxi: All major hotels in the Downtown area have taxis waiting outside their front doors. In other areas of the city, look for “taxi stands.” You can also call for a cab by dialing 412-777-7777 for zTrip taxi services.
  • Public Transit: Port Authority of Allegheny County is the public transit agency for the greater Pittsburgh area, providing bus, light rail, incline and paratransit service to about 230,000 riders daily. See public transportation options.
    • Download the Transit app to find routes, track transit in real-time, and purchase mobile tickets.
    • Mobile ticketing is available, more information can be found here.
    • More information on how to ride the bus, light rail system, and the inclines can be found here.
    • You can transfer between the 28X (from the Pittsburgh International Airport) and most other Port Authority bus or “T” routes in downtown Pittsburgh.
  • Healthy Ride: Healthy Ride is the public bike sharing system in Pittsburgh. There are stations located throughout the city, including one at the entrance to the convention center. Healthy Ride stations can also be found on the Transit app.
  • SPIN: SPIN e-scooters are available to rent at mobility stations throughout the city, including one at the entrance to the convention center. Stations can also be found on the Transit app.
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: EV charging stations are available at the convention center garage. A map of available charging stations can be found here.

What You MUST Do to reduce waste:


  • Any signage that cannot be recycled or reused
  • Helium balloons
  • Plastic bags used for purchases and plastic conference bags provided to collect show items
  • Any hazardous substance or item including a hazardous substance


  • Vinyl banners
  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Equipment
  • Carpet, carpet scraps and carpet padding
  • Plaques or trophies
  • Pallets

The following Items are recyclable and must be placed in to the proper receptacles

  • Cardboard boxes and signs
  • Construction debris
  • Glass containers
  • Cans
  • Paper
  • Plastic film and shrink wrap
  • Plastic containers, pots and buckets
  • Metal containers
  • Scrap metal
  • Wood
  • Plants, trees and yard debris (pre-approval required)

*The DLCC provides clearly marked recycling containers that include separate streams for recyclable, compostable and landfill materials.  Some unwanted items may be donated at the end of the event. See event personnel for details.