April 10, 2017

Shaw Conference Centre Achieves Prestigious International Green Meeting Certification

Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre has become the latest convention centre to be certified to an international sustainability standard for the meetings and event industry. The certification is awarded to venues that meet ASTM International standards in environmentally sustainable meetings, trade shows and conferences.

The Shaw Conference Centre is only one of five venues in Canada to currently be certified to the ASTM standard for the evaluation and selection of venues for environmentally sustainable meetings, events, trade shows, and conferences. The venue is also BOMA BEST certified and the first conference venue in Canada to receive Green Key level five certification.

“This certification increases Edmonton’s competitiveness as a global meetings and conventions destination,” says Lisanne Lewis, General Manager, Shaw Conference Centre. “We’re proud to be leading the way and building Edmonton’s brand and reputation as a leader in sustainability.”

The ASTM venues standard serves to outline the requirements for researching, evaluating and selecting a sustainable best-practices venue. It specifies performance criteria for staff management, communications, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement, and community partners. ASTM International is a standards development organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

Roger Simons, President Green Meeting and Industry Council (GMIC) added, “responsible environmental and social practices in the meeting industry is a global concern. We are delighted to see a leading Canadian facility such as the Shaw Conference Centre step up and make a commitment to sustainable meetings.”

iCompli, a division of BPA Worldwide, a non-profit international auditing organization developed the certification protocols for the ASTM standards and performed the independent third party certification of the Shaw Conference Centre’s compliance with the venues standard.

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About the Shaw Conference Centre
Managed by Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, the Shaw Conference Centre is an iconic venue featuring North America’s largest back yard. From hosting 75,000 guests for Red Bull Crashed Ice to the world’s top conventions, there’s nothing that can’t happen at Edmonton’s premier convention centre. As a preferred meetings, conventions and events destination, our team of event experts is ready to work with you. Contact us today by visiting ShawConferenceCentre.com.

About the Green Meeting Industry Council
The Green Meeting Industry Council is a non-profit, membership-based professional organization which provides educational resources to planners, suppliers, and venues seeking to meet the ever-rising standards consumers set for sustainable meetings. www.gmicglobal.org

About iCompli
iCompli is a division of BPA Worldwide, a not-for-profit auditing organization established in 1931 to audit circulation for publishers, advertisers and their agencies. Today, BPA’s audit services have expanded to include external assurance of government and industry standards and independent verification of companies’ technology and service claims. iCompli provides independent third-party certification for leading global sustainability standards for the meeting and event industry, including ISO 20121 and the ASTM Green Meeting Standards.

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