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November 24, 2009

Canadian venue gets green seal of approval

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) was recently awarded the Building Owners and Managers Association Building Environmental Standards (BOMA BESt) Level 3 certification.

This is the second-highest level of certification available from BOMA, recognising and rewarding environmental leadership within the commercial real estate industry.

The BOMA BESt Programme requires meeting best practices of energy and environmental management. With an overall rating of 89%, the MTCC has demonstrated leadership and excellence in a number of key areas. These include:

    -  Energy efficiency and management – For example, deep lake water
       cooling, retrofitting older lighting, and motion detectors in meeting
    -  Transportation – providing alternatives to car commuting.
    -  Water conservation and management – low-flow toilets and
       taps and a written water conservation policy.
    -  Waste management – diverting 78% of all waste generated from landfill
    -  Emissions, effluents and pollution controls.

"We recognise the importance of saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change," said MTCC president and chief executive Barry Smith.

The MTCC has also recently announced a suite of sustainable meeting solutions available to help event organisers reduce the environmental impact of their events. These include green electricity, waste diversion, locally sourced menus, carbon offsetting, community donations and paper-less options.

For more information, visit www.mtccc.com/green

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