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  • Vancouver Convention Centre Recognized for its Sustainability Efforts

    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE

The Convention Industry Council’s Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) have awarded its Level 4 certification—the highest possible accreditation—to the Vancouver Convention Centre. Venues that demonstrate high standards for environmentally sustainable meetings, trade shows and conferences are awarded Level 4 certification. Vancouver Convention Centre’s commitment to environmental sustainability helped it become the first facility in Canada to receive this level of certification. 

“We are proud to obtain the Level 4, Meeting Venue standards by APEX/ ASTM. Pursuing this globally recognized certification is another demonstration of our commitment to operating in the most environmentally responsible way,” says Craig Lehto, general manager of the center. “It was a rigorous and rewarding effort that required us to examine our business, operational and social practices—from communications, staff management, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement and community partners— with an environmental lens.” 

The Vancouver Convention Centre has 466,500 square feet of flexible meeting, exhibition, ballroom and plenary space. 

The Northwest is home to a number of intriguing international districts in which to host your next meeting or event. From a museum in Seattle to a traditional Vietnamese restaurant in Portland and a high-energy nightclub in Vancouver, here are six spots you should definitely check out. 


Wing Luke Museum


As I write this, I am sitting in the Hilton Anchorage getting ready to head out for a day of tours and adventures with a group of about 30 event planners. About two weeks ago, I was in Vancouver, BC with a group of three other editors/writers doing the same thing in that city. Yeah. I know. I have a pretty fabulous job. And so, I wanted to give a shout out to the CVBs who plan these trips and help me get better acquainted to everything our region has to offer so that I can, in turn, introduce you to new places and things to do when you’re planning a meeting or event.