Vancouver Convention Centre Goes Double Platinum

The Vancouver Convention Centre has set a new bar in the event sustainability realm. Last month, the already greener-than-green convention center’s West building was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification (version 4) for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance by the Canada Green Building Council.

Coupled with its 2010 LEED Platinum certification for New Construction, the VCC now owns the bragging rights for being the only double LEED Platinum convention center in the world.

Sustainably minded show organizers have certainly taken notice, including Tahira Endean, producer of the annual #BCTECH Summit / BC Innovation Council, British Columbia’s largest technology conference that attracts approximately 5,000 participants and was most recently held March 14-15 at the VCC.

“When planning the #BCTECH Summit, we begin with sustainability in mind and the Convention Centre being a double LEED Platinum-certified building supports the story we share with our participants and the world,” Endean explained.

She continued, “Among our participant base are a number of Certified B corporations with the mindset to build socially, environmentally and economically aware organizations. When we create and deliver an event that makes sense for people, with local food and beverage, natural light, space and air to learn and connect in, with decisions that make sense for the planet (including the selection of this destination and this venue) and where we drive business results, leading to the third triple-bottom line of profit, we have success. The choice of the Vancouver Convention Centre supports all our objectives and we are thrilled to meet here annually.”

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