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 May 31, 2011
Vancouver Convention Centre Takes Home 2011 IMEX Green Supplier Award

 The Vancouver Convention Centre is the winner of the 2011 IMEX Green Supplier Silver Award, presented at the IMEX Gala Dinner last week in Frankfurt, Germany.

The Green Supplier Award recognizes environmental excellence and innovation within the meetings industry and represents the highest accolade for environmental responsibility among meetings and events industry suppliers.

"We are honoured to be recognised by IMEX for leadership in environmental excellence and innovation," said Claire Smith, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Vancouver Convention Centre. "Environmental sustainability is not only at the core of our day-to-day operations, it is strongly reflected in the unique design of our facility. As the world's only LEED Platinum certified convention centre, we're committed to our ongoing sustainability efforts and to help set new standards in our industry."

IMEX Chairman, Ray Bloom, commented on the impressive standard of entries received in this category this year. "It demonstrates a clear goal across the sector to drive environmental change and ensure that this remains at the forefront of all that we do. Awareness of environmental issues continues to take precedence today and those suppliers that have green credentials listed as a high priority gain a notable advantage over their competitors," he explained.

Highlights of the Vancouver Convention Centre's environmental sustainability programs and features include:

• 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

• a 'scratch' kitchen, utilizing primarily fresh, local products

• a six-acre 'living' roof, the largest living roof in Canada and the largest non-industrial living roof in North America

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

• purchase of green power electricity generated from low-impact renewable sources

• a seawater heating and cooling system that takes advantage of the adjacent seawater to produce cooling for the building during warmer months and heating in cooler months

• natural light and ventilation maximized throughout the building

• a green housekeeping program

The Green Supplier Award continues to be one of the most sought-after and competitive in the industry and was developed by IMEX and GMIC to recognise environmental excellence and innovation amongst industry suppliers.

The only two-time winner of the International Association of Congress Centres' APEX award for "World's Best Convention Centre," the Vancouver Convention Centre opened in July 1987 after originally serving as the Canada Pavilion at the World's Fair in 1986. Since inception, the facility has demonstrated a constant commitment to service, technical and culinary excellence, as well as environmental sustainability. In fact, the Centre's West building has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, and is the only convention centre in the world awarded the highest level of LEED designation. With its expansion complete, the Centre has tripled its size to cover 1.1 million square feet (or four city blocks) for a combined total of 466,500 square feet of pre-function, meeting, exhibition and ballroom space.