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December 17, 2013

Canada: Toronto Convention Centre Gets International Sustainability Standard Certification

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is the first conference venue in Canada to be certified to a new international sustainability standard. 

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Certification is awarded to venues that achieve high standards in environmentally sustainable meetings, trade shows and conferences. The venue standard is one of nine standards introduced by the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry in 2012 to provide event planners and suppliers with specification for producing events in a more sustainable manner. The MTCC has been recognized as achieving Level one certification of venues. 

“We are excited to be the first Canadian convention centre to attain ASTM Venue certification,” says Barry Smith, president and CEO, MTCC. “Certification to the industry’s global standard is further evidence of our ongoing commitment to sustainability.”

“This is great news for the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and all of us working to make Toronto a more sustainable destination choice for convention planners,” says David Whitaker, president and CEO of Tourism Toronto, which achieved Level One certification to the ASTM Destination Standard earlier this year. 

The ASTM Venue Standard details specific performance criteria for staff management, communications, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement and community partners. The nine standards were created in partnership with ASTM International, an ANSI-accredited standards development organization.

Michael Luehrs, president of the Green Meeting and Industry Council (GMIC), the non-profit professional meetings association that led the development of the ASTM Sustainable Meeting Standards, congratulated the MTCC on its achievement and expressed his hope that it would encourage others in the Toronto meetings and convention industry to pursue certification. “Responsible environmental and social practices in the meeting industry are a global concern,” he added. 

iCompli, a division of BPA Worldwide, a non-profit international auditing organization based in Connecticut, developed the certification protocols for the ASTM standards and performed the independent third party certification of MTCC’s compliance with the venue standard. 

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