Commitment to Sustainability

The CitiesIPCC is committed to hosting a sustainable Cities and Climate Change Science Conference and Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre supports that commitment. The venue is BOMA BEST certified, was the first conference venue in Canada to receive Green Key level five status, and is one of five venues in Canada to receive the prestigious ASTM certification.

The Shaw features on site recycling programmes, an urban beehive, three gardens, and a living wall. The plants in the atrium absorb over 1,800kg of CO2 each year. With a proactive approach to waste management, last year the Shaw Conference Centre successfully diverted 67% (116,663 kg) of its food and waste from landfill through recycling, composting, and donating to Edmonton Food Bank through the Second Helping Programme.

The Shaw Conference Centre is committed to ensuring their food services are financially viable, environmentally sustainable, and socially responsible. The Centre sources 60% of its food locally by partnering and sourcing from local companies.

The conference’s associated hotels also demonstrate a commitment to sustainability. Both the Sutton Place Hotel and the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald have attained a Green Key Eco-Rating of Level 4. Having been retrofitted with low-flow toilets, faucets, and showers, the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald offers eco-friendly cleaning and the option for guests to forgo daily washing of their towels and linens. Similarly, The Westin Hotel’s ‘Make a Green Choice’ programme creates incentives for guests to decline daily housekeeping.