Edmonton Sustainable Meetings
Edmonton Convention Centre Achieves Internationally Recognized Sustainability Certification
The Edmonton Convention Centre has been awarded the Level One recertification in the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Environmentally Sustainable Meetings Standard. ASTM International and iCompli, a division of BPA Worldwide, awards venues that meet ASTM International standards in environmentally sustainable meetings, trade shows and conferences.
The Centre is one of only five Canadian venues to be certified to the ASTM standard for environmentally sustainable meetings, events, trade shows and conferences by following nine voluntary requirements for producing and hosting meetings, events, tradeshows and conferences in a more sustainable manner. It specifies performance criteria for staff management, communications, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement and community partners.
“We don’t just maintain the status-quo, we are always searching for innovative ways to create a greater positive impact on the industry,” said Richard Wong, General Manager of the Edmonton Convention Centre. “The recertification process validates our efforts and helps us prioritize how we can move forward with even more progressive solutions for creating a sustainable future for the events industry.”
"We congratulate the Edmonton Convention Centre on their recertification. Their long-standing commitment to sustainability and innovative approaches are inspiring,” said Mariela McIlwraith, Director of Industry Advancement with Events Industry Council. “In addition to meeting the requirements in the standards, they also demonstrate a clear commitment to collaboration with planners to make events more sustainable through their sustainable meetings toolkit."
Released in conjunction with the award announcement, the Edmonton Convention Centre’s 2018 Sustainability Report Card demonstrates the venue’s commitment to operational and environmental sustainability. The venue is also the first conference venue in Canada to receive Green Key level five certification.
Why Meet in Edmonton?
There are plenty of reasons why, aside from sustainably operated conference facilities. The city boasts two unique meeting venues – the Edmonton Convention Centre and the Edmonton Expo Centre — and over 12,000 guest rooms in branded hotels. A centre of excellence for agriculture, life sciences and information and communication technologies, Edmonton is home to Canada’s largest sports and entertainment district, North America’s largest shopping mall, and is on the doorstep of the Canadian Rockies, which make for a perfect pre- or post-conference getaway for delegates.