By Don Douloff, May 22, 2008
Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre (SCC) has introduced its Simple Steps programme of eco-friendly practices. For instance, the 250,000-sq.-ft. facility recycles paper and cardboard, bottles and cans, toner cartridges, electronics and cooking oil from its kitchen.
In addition, the centre diverts organic waste materials to Edmonton’s compost facility and has replaced concession disposables with reusable flatware and reduced paper use through electronic documentation.
To save electricity, motion detectors regulate lights and power, while energy-efficient lighting minimizes energy use. A computerized heating and ventilation system controls airflow to vacant areas. Furthermore, a glass atrium admits natural light and acts as a passive heat sink during the winter. All taps and faucets have water-saver features and electronic sensors.
Each year, SCC hosts over 700 events attracting 500,000 people.