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VCC Achieves International Sustainability Standard Certifications

The Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC), the world’s first LEED® Platinum certified convention facility, has received the APEX and ASTM international sustainability standard certifications.

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 VCC has obtained level one certification in both the Venue and Food & Beverage standards.

“We are very proud to achieve these globally-recognized industry standards for sustainability,” says Claire Smith, vice-president, sales and marketing, VCC. “Our ASTM certification is a reflection of our strong commitment to sustainability and to play a leading role in shaping a green meetings industry.”

“We are proud to welcome the Vancouver Convention Centre to the exclusive, but growing, club of Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) members to achieve compliance with the APEX/ASTM standard for venues and for food and beverage,” said Connie Bergeron, CMP, president, GMIC. “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 providen leader in sustainability.”

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 VCC’s compliance with ASTM Standards.

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 performance criteria for staff management, communications, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement and community partners.

The ASTM Food and Beverage Standard outlines 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. It includes all aspects of waste management, energy and water-related practices, and associated training related to provision of food and beverage.

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  1. Sandra Wood says:

    Congratulations to VCC and Claire Smith who I’m sure instrumental in pushing forth on the standard. A fantastic accomplishment which reaffirms for me why I’m so pleased to take events to VCC and in 2016 I’m really looking forward to working in this venue, It is worth mentioning that VCC has been a great supporter of the GMIC as well and this all just reaffirms to me the benefits of using VCC to accomplish a sustainable event, I will be in good hands with your centre – what a treat that will be!

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