Sustainable Meetings

Sustainability - It's the Edmonton Way!

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The City of Edmonton is committed to building a socially, environmentally, economically, and financially sustainable society. In alignment with city priorities, the Shaw Conference Centre highlights Edmonton’s commitment to sustainability throughout our operations. We are the first conference venue in Canada to receive Green Key level five status and are ASTM certified.

Meetings and Conventions

Meetings and conventions can generate a large carbon footprint and have an inherent environmental impact on the communities in which they are held. Located in a city that is dedicated to ensuring our community lives and acts in a sustainable way, the Shaw Conference Centre works directly with meeting planners to make their event sustainable. We hold approximately seven sustainable conventions each year and conduct comprehensive waste audits for clients, which generate an average of 78% waste diversion rate.

Through our Simple Steps program, the Shaw Conference Centre demonstrates a commitment to increasing sustainable best practices throughout the hospitality industry, emphasizing environmental best practices in facility management and the promotion of green events for our clients and our guests. You’ll find a few resources below for making your meeting more environmentally sustainable when you’re at the Shaw Conference Centre.

Waste Management

The Shaw Conference Centre’s waste management program is one of the most prominent elements of our sustainability program. In 2016, we successfully composted 204, 952 lbs of food waste and donated 3,421 lbs of food to the Edmonton Food Bank through the Second Helping Program.

Our waste management program includes both front and back-of-house areas. We offer waste audits at no additional cost to clients interested in minimizing the waste generated at their events. Ask our sales team or your client service representative for more information.

Sustainable Permaculture

Connecting you to North America’s largest urban parkland, the Shaw Conference Centre contributes to our city’s urban biodiversity. Our property features an indigenous medicine wheel garden on the rooftop of our Riverview Room, an herb and vegetable garden that is kept by kitchen staff, and a monarch butterfly preservation garden.

The gardens are pollinated by our very own urban beehive that produces over 90 pounds of honey per year for our kitchen. Our bees have not only contributed to our surroundings, but also helped grow Edmonton’s image and reputation as a leader in sustainability. In 2016 the Shaw Conference Centre’s beekeeping program was featured on the Japanese television show Bee World. View the episode here.

And that’s not all. Inside the venue, you’ll also see hundreds of plants that absorb 4,120 lbs of CO2 each year and a sustainable living wall located on the pedway level.

Sustainability Tour

See first hand why Edmonton and the Shaw Conference Centre are leading the way in sustainability. Join the Downtown Sustainability Tour.


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