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The International Centre Achieves Sustainability Certification

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SHELTON, CONN.—The International Centre, one of the largest privately-owned trade and consumer show and convention facilities in Canada, joins a growing list of world class venues to be certified to the event industry’s global sustainability standard. Located in Mississauga, Ontario, The International Centre achieved Level One certification to the ASTM Standard pertaining to the evaluation and selection of venues for environmentally sustainable meetings, events, trade shows and conferences. The venue standard is one of nine standards introduced by the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry to provide event planners and suppliers with specifications for producing events in a more sustainable manner.
 
“We operate on a deep core of sustainable business practices,” said Michael Prescott, CEO, The International Centre. “It’s important to us and it’s important to our customers. We even include all our sustainable commitments into our five-year strategic plans to guide us through continual improvement.”
 
Trevor Lui, Director of Operations and Sustainability, The International Centre, commented, “We are proud and excited to attain the ASTM Venue certification. Certification to the industry’s global standard is one more way we are able to assist in reducing the environmental footprint of events held at the Centre and further evidence of The International Centre’s longstanding commitment to sustainability.”

Enhances Toronto’s Appeal as Meeting Destination

“As their sustainability practices have long been in place, we are pleased that The International Centre is now certified as an APEX Level One venue,” said Kathryn Wakefield, Director of Client Services Tourism Toronto, the destination and marketing organization for Toronto. “This recognition continues to strengthen our position and Toronto as a premier Green Meetings destination.”
 
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 outlines specific performance criteria for staff management, communications, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement and community partners. The standards were created in partnership with ASTM International, an ANSI-accredited standards development organization.
 
Connie Bergeron, President of GMIC (Green Meeting and Industry Council), the nonprofit professional meetings association that led the development of the ASTM Sustainable Meeting Standards, added, “Responsible environmental and social practices in the meeting industry is a global concern. We congratulate The International Centre on this achievement and hope that this will encourage others in the Canadian meetings and convention industry to pursue certification.”

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