Edmonton conference and convention management company becomes first in Canada to receive IGBC Green Business Certification

An Edmonton based national conference and convention management company has just become the first of its kind in Canada to achieve certification under a major international “Green Business Certification” program. The Institute for Green Business Certification (IGBC) has announced that Timewise Event Management Inc. is the inaugural “Event Management Company” in the country to pass a comprehensive “green audit” and achieve the Institute’s “Green Business Certification” status.

Timewise Event Management Inc. is a leading Canadian meeting, conference, and corporate event planning company that specializes in innovative ideas and exemplary customer service. “We are very proud to be recognized as a green company,” says Debbie Macleod, Timewise Event Management’s Green Meetings Strategist. “We are committed to operating sustainably and excited to be an example for other businesses in Canada to follow. Our first order of business is to take the green best practices we’ve established in our office and apply them to the meetings and conferences we manage.”

“I am pleased that Timewise Event Management Inc. has become the first business of its kind in Canada to complete IGBC’s green audit and achieve certification,” says Dale Bonke, IGBC’s Canadian representative. “I believe many businesses throughout Canada are finally becoming more conscious of the environment and the need to operate in a sustainable and eco-friendly way. I’m sure many will soon follow the example of Timewise Event Management Inc., and obtain their own green certification status.”

The Institute for Green Business Certification (IGBC) – with offices around the world – is the first international organization of its kind to certify businesses’ environmental practices. It uses a comprehensive Green Audit that is becoming a model for what it means to be a “green business”. The Green Audit evaluates a business in 10 categories including: waste reduction, recycling, reduction in office material usage, purchasing, energy saving, water conservation, pollution prevention, reduction in chemical usage, proper handling of pollutants, and reduced emissions. IGBC’s certification process has been used by medium to large companies around the world – and small companies now have access to IGBC’s internet-based certification process.

IGBC does not offer or sell products and does not charge for its literature. It provides consulting to businesses and organizations regarding environmental management and sustainability. IGBC is accredited with the Better Business Bureau. For more information about IGBC, see www.gbcertified.ca.

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