Sustainable Meetings

Doing better, together.

Do you want your next event to leave a positive impact? Together, we can make the events industry a sustainable industry. Whether you’re giving back, offsetting your carbon emissions or aiming to understand your event’s footprint, hosting a responsible event at the Edmonton Convention Centre is easier than ever.

The Edmonton Convention Centre is one of only five Canadian venues to be certified to ASTM standards and was first conference venue in Canada to receive Green Key level five certification. The venue is also a certified Climate Smart business.

Responsible Events Program

Interested in greening your next meeting? The Edmonton Convention Centre’s Responsible Events Program was created in response to a growing demand by event planners and attendees to have more environmentally responsible solutions in the meetings and events industries. With the goal of integrating sustainability into every planning conversation, the Responsible Events Program provides value for clients who reduce single-use items, opt-in to donation programs, purchase carbon offsets and participate in post-event reporting.

Learn more about our Responsible Events Program.

Below, you will find additional resources for making your meeting more environmentally sustainable when you’re at the Edmonton Convention Centre.

Waste Management

In 2019, we successfully diverted 177,116 kg (124 compact cars) of waste from landfill and donated 2,306 kg  (4,243 meals) to the Edmonton Food Bank through the Second Helping Program.

Our waste management program includes compost, recycle, paper and waste bins located in both front and back-of-house areas. We offer waste audits at no additional cost to clients interested in minimizing the waste generated at their events. Ask our sales team or your client service representative for more information.

Sustainable Permaculture

Connecting you to North America’s largest urban parkland, the Edmonton Convention Centre contributes to our city’s urban biodiversity. Our property features an indigenous medicine wheel garden on the rooftop of our Riverview Room, an herb and vegetable garden that is kept by kitchen staff and a monarch butterfly preservation garden.

The gardens are pollinated by our very own urban beehive that produced more than 20 pounds of honey in 2019 for our kitchen. Our bees have not only contributed to our surroundings, but also helped grow Edmonton’s image and reputation as a leader in sustainability.

Inside the venue, you’ll also see hundreds of plants that absorb 4,120 lbs of CO2 each year and a sustainable living wall located on the pedway level.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

The Edmonton Convention Centre has committed to implementing operational and behavioral changes that will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 15% by 2025 and 30% by 2035 (from 2018 levels). View the complete 2020-2035 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan HERE.