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 November 03, 2010
Vancouver Convention Centre Wins Prestigious Environmental Leadership Award

 The Vancouver Convention Centre has been named the winner of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)'s 2010 Environmental Leadership Award.

Every year, PCMA honours outstanding members for their contributions to PCMA and the meetings industry. Winners of the 2010 Achievement Awards will be recognized at the 55th PCMA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas on January 10th.

"We are extremely proud to be recognized by our industry as a sustainability leader," says Ken Cretney, General Manager, Vancouver Convention Centre. "Apart from our LEED(r) Platinum designation for our West building, this honour recognizes our commitment to environmental sustainability---from the design of our facility, use of the latest green technologies to our extensive adoption of green practices."

The PCMA Environmental Leadership Award was created in 2008 to honour the best practices of an individual or organization who has significantly changed the way that they do business to positively affect the environment and minimize the negative impact on the atmosphere. The award celebrates the achievements of a person or organization that promotes sustainable environmental efforts in the world.

"The Vancouver Convention Centre is an integral part of our business and tourism sector," says the Honourable Margaret MacDiarmid, Minister of Tourism, Trade and Investment. "Beyond generating economic activity for Vancouver and across the province, the Centre's leadership in reducing their environmental footprint will benefit generations to come."

"PCMA is proud to recognize and honour the Vancouver Convention Centre as the recipient of the PCMA Environmental Leadership Award for their progressive greening efforts," said PCMA President and CEO, Deborah Sexton. "Its new West building is an example of the Vancouver Convention Centre's commitment to being an industry leader in sustainability, having recently been awarded the prestigious LEED Platinum certification, the world's first convention center to receive the highest LEED rating. We are thrilled to honour them, along with the other PCMA Achievement Award winners during the PCMA Annual Meeting, Convening Leaders, in Las Vegas on January 10th."

The Convention Centre's sustainable design features and practices include:

• 83% of construction waste was diverted from landfill.

• A six acre living roof, the largest living roof in Canada and the largest non-industrial living roof in North America. The roof, landscaped with more than 400,000 indigenous plants and grasses, is designed to act as an insulator, reducing heat gains in the summer and heat losses in the winter.

• A sophisticated drainage and water recovery system, which has successfully reduced potable water use by 72.6%.

• An extensive facility-wide recycling program that recycles an average of 180,000 kilograms of materials annually, nearly half of the total volume of waste generated.

• Adoption of a green housekeeping program, which includes the use of only Green Seal Certified and Ecologo Certified cleaning products.

• Purchase of "green power" electricity generated from low-impact renewable sources.

• A restored marine habitat built into the foundation of the building.

• A seawater heating and cooling system.

• Operation of a "scratch" kitchen, utilizing primarily only local, seasonal ingredients.

• Four beehives are installed on the living roof. The bees pollinate the roof's plants and grasses while providing honey for our "scratch" kitchen.

• Natural light maximized throughout the building.

• Local BC wood products used throughout the building.

• Supporting clients to create sustainable meetings, zero-waste and zero carbon events in collaboration with their suppliers.

www.vancouverconventioncentre.com