Sustainable Meetings and Events

The Vancouver Convention Centre has a strong commitment to economic, environmental and social responsibility. With our best practices and unique building features, we can help you plan a sustainable meeting or event with our Sustainable Event Guidelines.

  download our Sustainable Event Guidelines

  download our Sustainability Fact Sheet

  download our Green Meetings Fact Sheet

  download our Environmental Policy

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LEED Platinum Award 2010

It's easy to think green at the Vancouver Convention Centre. With more than 350 events per year, we maintain an extensive environmental program and work closely with clients to ensure sustainability in all events.

"The Vancouver Convention Centre played a vital role by providing an environmentally-responsible venue for the World Urban Forum 3, which earned Four Star MeetGreen Certification for excellence in green meeting practices."
- Meeting Strategies Worldwide

Recycling: We recycle an average of 180,000 kilograms of materials annually – nearly half of the total volume of waste generated.

Food & Beverage: Our 'scratch' kitchen uses fresh local ingredients without additives, avoids disposable utensils and dishes, and donates leftover food to local charities.

Green Design:
  • Our six-acre "living roof" houses thousands of indigenous plants and recovers rainwater for irrigation.
  • Seawater heating and cooling and on-site water treatment.
  • Fish habitat built into the building foundations.
Energy Conservation:
  • Designated a Powersmart Convention Centre by BC Hydro.
  • Awarded "GO GREEN" certificate from the Building Owners and Managers.
  • The West building has received LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification. We are the first convention centre in the world to earn the highest LEED® rating.