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December 8, 2014

Canadian Convention Centres Lead Green Scene

Two of Canada’s largest convention centres have received major environmental and sustainability certifications. 

The Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) in British Columbia, the world's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified convention facility, has received the APEX and ASTM international sustainability standard certifications.

Green roof at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Photo: VCC

The APEX (Convention Industry Council's Accepted Practices Exchange) and 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 VCC has obtained level one certification in both the Venue and Food & Beverage standards.

“We are very proud to achieve these globally-recognized industry standards for sustainability,” said Claire Smith, vice-president, sales and marketing, VCC. “Our ASTM certification is a reflection of our strong commitment to sustainability and to playing a leading role in shaping a green meetings industry.”
In Toronto, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has just awarded LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings (Operations and Maintenance) to the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place.

A few of the significant upgrades the centre made to reach LEED Gold include:

  • A reduction of over 45 percent in water use from washroom fixtures
  • Increased controllable lighting systems that reduce lighting energy consumption
  • An average of 72 percent of show waste being diverted from landfill
  • Participation in the Toronto Smart Commute program which demonstrated a 52 percent reduction in conventional commuting trips

"It is a significant achievement to receive this prestigious certification, I wish to congratulate and thank all Exhibition Place staff for their hard work and consistent efforts on this project," said Councillor Mark Grimes, chair of the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place. "Having also been recently awarded 3RCertified Platinum Level from the Recycling Council of Ontario, Exhibition Place is once again proving itself to be a phenomenal leader in sustainability, energy reduction and waste management."

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