News & Articles - sustainability

  • Montréal certified as an environmentally sustainable destination for meetings and conventions

    Montréal has once again been certified by iCompli Sustainability according to ASTM-APEX (Accepted Practices Exchange) standards. Developed in partnership with Green Meetings and Events, the certification confirms the city’s position as an environmentally sustainable destination. Crafted by over 300 professionals from the business tourism industry, the ASTM-APEX standards are the first in North America to establish performance criteria for sustainable practices and responsible management systems used by tourism stakeholders in the meetings sector. The standards cover various aspects of event organization, including meeting venues,…

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  • Vancouver Convention Centre: The world’s first double LEED Platinum convention centre

    The Vancouver Convention Centre is proud to announce that its iconic West building has been awarded LEED Platinum certification (version 4) for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance by the Canada Green Building Council. Coupled with its 2010 Platinum certification for New Construction, the Vancouver Convention Centre is the first double LEED Platinum convention centre in the world. Platinum is the highest level of LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and version 4 is the newest version of the rating system, considered “the framework…

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  • Opportunity exists for travel management professionals to consider sustainable practices when contracting with suppliers

    Over half of North American companies have corporate sustainability programs in place Only one in six travel management professionals (16 per cent) currently incentivize their business travellers to stay in hotels with sustainable practices, according to a new study released by the GBTA Foundation, the research and education arm of the Global Business Travel Association, in partnership with AIG Travel. Even fewer (four per cent) require travellers to book suppliers with sustainable practices, leaving a huge opportunity for the business…

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  • Three items to consider for an event’s carbon reduction plan

    Corporate event-goers are more carbon-conscious than ever. Companies across Canada are lowering emissions to save money on operational costs, enhance their brand and attract and retain top talent looking for an eco-responsible workplace. In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint beyond the office walls, businesses also want to align such actions with green-minded partners. This reflects a sense of authenticity and integrity, according to a report from the David Suzuki Foundation. Doing so gains trust from customers and other…

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  • Finding the perfect event venue: A wish list

    By Daniella Bustamante Much like every painter needs a canvas, every event planner needs a venue. Thinking through the event needs and objectives is a solid starting point in your search for the right venue. What works for an 800 person conference won’t likely work for a 50 person social event. Though the “perfect” venue is different for each and every event, there are some key areas across the board to think about during the site selection process to ensure you…

    Event Operations, Meeting Checklists, Site Selection

  • GBTA Foundation’s Project ICARUS recognizes Starwood Hotels & Resorts worldwide as Sustainability Gold Medal recipient

    GBTA Foundation’s Project ICARUS is proud to announce Starwood Hotels & Resorts Inc. as a recipient of the prestigious Project ICARUS Sustainability Gold Medal. The Gold Medal program recognizes travel and meeting industry companies who are committed to making sustainability a core function within their business and who are leading the way by commitment and actions to provide best in class sustainability programs for their company, travellers and customers. Starwood was one of the first U.S.-based hotel chains to receive…

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  • Three key areas for improvement in the events industry

    It’s a new world, or is it? Just when I think we are making leaps ahead in how we are managing and delivering meetings, events and group experiences, something happens that makes me think, perhaps we are not. I have the opportunity to go to many conferences and events as part of my job and feel very fortunate for a number of reasons. The opportunities abound to see colleagues and friends from (literally) around the world, to learn from experienced…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage, Green/Sustainable Meetings, Social Media & Technology

  • Rethink 2014: Six shifts occurring in the world of corporate events

    My how things have changed in the past two decades. We have slowly shifted to keep pace with these changes in the corporate events industry and the expectations of the guest. As our world shifts around us so quickly we can barely keep pace, we’re learning to become more agile and adjust to the landscape. Some of the changes which have struck me as significant I share below, and I welcome comments from those you have experienced. Shifts in food…

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  • Measuring the impact of socially responsible events

    The lights have been turned off in the breakout rooms; the conference concierge desk has been dismantled, and the attendees have checked out of their hotel rooms. Whew! Finally… time to take a breath, enjoy a well deserved glass of wine and reflect on a job well done. Look around you. Do you see them? The faint footprints of social good – the inspiring influence that will linger long after the event is over. Do you hear it? The quiet…

    Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings

  • Sustainability is an F-word

    You’d be within your rights if, as an event professional, you were feeling a bit Fatigued with the idea of “green events” and “event sustainability”. I mean it’s been at least 10 years of money saving tips, volunteer kit-making, recycling programs, carbon offsets and local, organic food: are we done yet? Fortunately, and unfortunately, no. While these various efforts have helped us take good steps forward, they’ve also reinforced the Fence around the sustainability silo. The bolt-on approach has delivered…

    Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings

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