Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre (SCC)has received the “5 Green Keys” rating from Green Key Global, a leading international environmental certification body evaluating sustainable venue operations. It is the first convention centre in Canada to earn the rating.
“We are very pleased to have the Shaw Conference Centre as a Green Key Meetings member and commend their dedication to sustainability. Being the first conference venue within Canada to receive a 5 key rating with the new Green Meetings standard demonstrates their commitment toward a more responsible and sustainable business event industry,” said Tony Pollard, managing director of Green Key Global.
Released in April, SCC’s 2014 Sustainability Report Card demonstrates the convention centre’s commitment to sustainability throughout its operations. Major initiatives include a dedicated Sustainability Coordinator, LED energy reduction retrofit and the development of a sustainability meetings toolkit that provides all clients with sustainable options for their event.
“We are honoured to receive recognition as a leader in sustainable innovation. Sustainability is important to our community and we are continuously seeking new ways to reduce our carbon footprint while promoting green meetings within our industry,” said Cliff Higuchi, vice-president and general manager, Shaw Conference Centre.
This year, SCC is expanding its sustainability program with new permaculture landscaping, incorporating self-guided interpretive tours that are inclusive of an aboriginal medicine wheel garden, urban bee colony and monarch butterfly preservation garden.