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 October 15, 2014
Vancouver Convention Centre Achieves International Sustainability Standard Certifications

 The Vancouver Convention Centre -- the world's first LEED Platinum certified convention facility -- has been certified with two prestigious international sustainability standards.

The APEX (Convention Industry Council's Accepted Practices Exchange) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) certification is awarded to venues that achieve high standards in environmentally sustainable meetings, trade shows and conferences. The Vancouver Convention Centre has obtained level one certification in both the Venue and Food and Beverage Standards.

"We are very proud to achieve these globally recognized industry standards for sustainability," says Claire Smith, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Vancouver Convention Centre. "Our ASTM certification is a reflection of our strong commitment to sustainability and to play a leading role in shaping a green meetings industry."

Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) President Connie Bergeron, CMP, enthusiastically applauds the Vancouver Convention Centre's announcement of Level 1 Certification, saying, "We are proud to welcome the Vancouver Convention Centre to the exclusive, but growing, club of GMIC members to achieve compliance with the APEX/ASTM standard for venues and for food and beverage. This successful effort by the Vancouver Convention Centre demonstrates a sincere commitment to and passion for responsible business practices, and it provides event organizers with confidence they are working with a proven leader in sustainability."

The ASTM Venue Standard delineates the procedural requirements for venue selection - the practice of researching, evaluating and choosing the facility for an event. The standard specifies specific performance criteria for staff management, communications, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement and community partners.

The ASTM Food and Beverage Standard delineates procedural requirements for the evaluation and selection of food and beverage for events -- the practice of specifying, selecting, and procuring, food, beverage, and non-consumable food- or beverage-related items. This specification includes all aspects of waste management, energy and water related practices, and associated training related to provision of food and beverage.

iCompli, a division of BPA Worldwide, a non-profit international auditing organization headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut, developed the certification protocols for the ASTM standards and performed the independent third party certification of the Vancouver Convention Centre's compliance with the ASTM Standards.

Vancouver Convention Centre

Located on Vancouver's downtown waterfront with a dramatic mountain backdrop, the world's first LEED Platinum certified convention centre offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world. The award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre features two connected buildings with a combined total of 466,500 ft2 (43,340 m2) of flexible meeting, exhibition, ballroom and plenary space. The facility is committed to environmental sustainability as well as unparalleled service, technology offerings and culinary excellence.

www.vancouverconventioncentre.com

@VanConventions

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

@GreenMeetings