The Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta has achieved BOMA BESt Level 2 certification from the Building Owners and Managers Assocation (BOMA). BESt stands for Building Environmental Standards and represents the highest levels of environmental best practices in Canada’s commercial real estate industry.
BOMA BESt certification validates that the convention centre continues to meet and exceed industry best practices for building operations and maintenance, in addition to demonstrating leadership on federal Go Green Plus assessments.
“We are proud of our commitment to sustainable best practices at the Shaw Conference Centre,” said Cliff Higuchi, vice-president and general manager. “BOMA BESt certification helps us demonstrate that commitment to clients and guests while providing an effective process to measure our sustainability performance and identify where we can add to our growing sustainability story.”
Environmental best practices are part of everyday operations at the Shaw Conference Centre including having a Sustainability Coordinator on staff, an internal Environment Committee, Green Meetings tool kits for clients, food recovery programs, water fountains equipped to fill personal water bottles, battery recycling stations and in-house vegetable and herb gardens. Onsite composting and recycling programs successfully divert more than 50% of waste created at the Centre from Edmonton’s landfills.
In addition, the centre officially unveiled its new Sustainability Wall this week. The Wall showcases a vibrant vertical garden by local horticulture company Greenjeans. The garden adds colour and visual interest to its location on the pedway level across from Hall D. In addition to the garden, the wall highlights a number of sustainable initiatives at the SCC and throughout the City of Edmonton.
“This unique showpiece helps tell our sustainability story,” said Higuchi. “The convention centre’s location allows us to connect a thriving downtown with the historic river valley, using our own sustainability efforts to share the Edmonton experience with the half million visitors who come through our building every year. The living wall is also a work of art and makes a powerful statement about who we are and what we value.”
In addition to the Sustainability Wall, SCC will be transforming its outdoor spaces through the implementation of a new permaculture initiative which recognizes the cultural and ecological significance of the SCC’s location on riverbank. The new landscaping will feature traditionally used and medicinal plans found in our natural environment.