LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The company that operates the KFC Yum! Center says it is working to reduce the arena's carbon footprint.
On Monday, company representatives from AEG took WDRB News on a tour of the arena to show its efforts at sustainability.
AEG is the giant Los Angeles-based events management company which took over the downtown arena's operations about two years ago from the Kentucky State Fair Board.
AEG operates 150 arenas, stadiums and convention centers around the world.
It says it has taken several steps to make the Louisville arena greener.
"They look at the operations of all their buildings to see what they can do to be more sustainable, how they can save money and save the environment," said Sandra Kendall, director of marketing at the KFC Yum! Center.
AEG says it is doing a number of things, including the composting of food waste, saving electricity and cutting back on the amount of water the arena uses.
It also is using more environmentally-friendly cleaning products.
"We want to try to reduce our carbon footprint," said KFC Yum! Center director of operations Sean Langer. "It is important that we try to purchase as many green cleaning products as possible, just like our paper products which are recyclables.
AEG says the arena's sustainability effort was one reason it was able to get Paul McCartney to come to Louisville and perform in June for the first time ever.
"He is one of the biggest acts we've had here and he sold out more quickly than any other act we've had here as well," said Kendall.
Going green is not only good for the environment, but good for business as well.