News & Articles - sustainability

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    Green Key Global Expands Across North America

      The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) announced that Green Key Global, the sustainability certification body for hotels, is now jointly operated by the associations in the U.S. and Canada.  A roster of hotel companies across the continent, including Accor, Best Western, Choice Hotels, Crescent Hotels & Resorts, Highgate, Hyatt, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International and more, continue to lead the way as some of Green Key Global’s partners committed to…

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    BeCause Digitalizes Hotel Sustainability Tools

      BeCause, a technology start-up transforming how the global hospitality, travel and tourism industries manage its sustainability data, has digitized the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance’s (the Alliance) HCMI and HWMI methodologies. “We’d like to thank the team at BeCause for digitizing HCMI and HWMI which will enable more of the industry to access it and dramatically improve its usability. Digitizing this resource will greatly accelerate our shared goal of reaching Net Positive as a sector, together. We encourage more organizations to follow BeCause’s…

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    Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Gets Green Key Rating

      Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu has become the first hotel in Quebec to receive its 5 Green Key Meetings certification, and the fourth hotel in Quebec to obtain 5 Green Key Eco-Rating Program certification from Green Key Global. Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu is one of the top 10 hotels in Canada, and the 19th in the world, to receive the prestigious 5 Green Key Meetings certification. This distinction underscores the excellence of the service and facilities for meetings and events…

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    Calgary Airport Aims To Be Envision Certified

      The Calgary Airport Authority (the Authority) will begin construction of the West Runway Rehabilitation project this spring. With sustainability as a priority, the project will make Calgary (YYC) the first airport in Canada to be certified under the Envision framework. Envision is a rating system was developed by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure for assessing the sustainability of civil infrastructure projects based on a system of credits, like the LEED framework for buildings. PCL Construction has been selected as the…

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  • EIC

    IAEE Achieves EIC Sustainability Again

      The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) announced that Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2023 has been recognized by the Events Industry Council (EIC) for achieving the Silver Level Certification in its Sustainable Event Standards. Expo! Expo! previously achieved Bronze Level Certification in 2022. “We are proud to receive the prestigious Silver Certification from the EIC,” said IAEE president and CEO Marsha Flanagan, M.Ed., CEM. “Earning this certification, especially moving up a level from our previous…

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    Rising Costs Top Meetings Industry Report

      Planners are optimistic about 2024, with almost half expecting to book more meetings than in 2023, according to the 2024 State of the Meetings Industry. Event planners are feeling optimistic about 2024, with approximately 42 per cent expecting an increase in bookings, 32 per cent forecasting growth of up to 20 per cent and almost 10 per cent projecting a boost over 20 per cent. Additionally, planners expect their meeting sizes to grow in the coming year. More than…

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    Fairmont Royal York Achieves Zero Carbon

      The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, ON has received the Canada Green Building Council’s (CAGBC’s) Zero Carbon Building – Performance Standard certification. This $65 million project was completed after close to five years of detailed planning and execution. It will reduce more than 7,000 tonnes of carbon annually or 80 per cent of the hotel’s annual carbon emissions, the equivalent of taking 1,558 cars off the road. “Fairmont Royal York achieving zero carbon certification is another transformative step in…

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  • Future of Meetings & Events: 5 Key Trends

      As the global meetings and events sector continues to recover, a focus on balance, belonging and sustainability will create many opportunities in the industry. The pandemic had a significant impact on meetings and events, but people have largely returned and attendance is expected to rise in the years to come. This is great news for the sector but it also brings fresh challenges and opportunities that will alter the way events are booked, planned and executed. “The pandemic was…

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  • TIAC Applauds Federal Tourism Strategy

      The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) applauds the Government of Canada for taking decisive action to support the recovery and long-term growth of Canada’s tourism industry with the unveiling of the new Federal Tourism Growth Strategy. The strategy, titled Canada 365: Welcoming the World. Every day., aims to build back this once $105 billion industry and solidify Canada’s position as a top global destination. Informed by extensive consultations with various stakeholders, including tourism businesses, industry associations, Indigenous organizations, and…

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    Savouring Sustainable Food Practices

      In the realm of event management, where experiences are crafted and memories made, sustainability has emerged as a critical focal point. As the world grapples with environmental challenges, the event industry is undergoing a transformative shift towards embracing sustainable practices. At the heart of this movement lies the concept of sustainable food, where conscious choices and innovative approaches are revolutionizing the way events cater to attendees’ appetites. In this article, we explore the intersection of food and sustainability within…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage, Green/Sustainable Meetings

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