Green Meetings & Facilities
We want to help you find the right services and resources that will contribute towards a Green Meeting or event. Read an overview (PDF) of Toronto’s sustainability policies, services, and programs.
Sustainable Meetings: Tips
- Ask local professional speakers bureaus about renowned industry, motivational or celebrity speakers who live in Toronto, saving you expenses and flight emissions!
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- Include a discounted convention transit pass not only for the meeting, but also for exploring Toronto’s vibrant neighbourhoods.
- Ever thought about having all of your printed materials produced right here in Toronto? We have several members who can handle any print job, quickly and easily. You’ll not only do yourself some good by saving money on shipping costs, but you’ll also do the environment some good by minimizing your carbon footprint.
Green meetings are the future of a sustainable meetings and conventions industry. Let us connect you with local meeting services and eco-friendly venues that can support your goal of having a more environmentally-conscious meeting or event in Toronto.
Toronto has been recognized as one of the greenest cities in North America. With excellent choices of green facilities, including the following, it’s easy to see why!
Direct Energy Centre
From a distance, it’s easy to pick out Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place. Just look for the 30-storey wind turbine, the first of its kind in North America and the first permanent turbine in the City of Toronto. It stands as one of the more visible examples of Direct Energy Centre and Exhibition Place’s commitment to reduce emissions and waste. The Centre is also involved in an 80% waste reduction process, green roof, urban forestry, recycling and hydrogen-powered transportation programs as well as the Direct Energy Innovation Centre, a permanent educational exhibit which explores energy use and the environment. They have over 1 million sq. ft. of exhibition space.
The International Centre
The International Centre team continuously seeks to reduce and save energy. From lighting retrofits to equipment upgrades, we’re always looking for better, innovative solutions. Plus, our kitchen is bullfrogpowered with 100% clean energy — green electricity and natural gas.
With 548,000 sq. ft. of expansive and versatile exhibit and conference space, The International Centre offers an upscale atmosphere, an exceptional culinary experience and a team of dedicated and knowledgeable professionals to ensure the success of your next event. Located 5 minutes from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, The International Centre is surrounded by over 10,000 hotel rooms and a wide assortment of great restaurants and attractions.
Read more about the International Centre's corporate social responsibility.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC)
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), with its green roof, deep lake water-cooling system and comprehensive recycling program, is a signature host of environmentally friendly events. With over 600,000 square feet of exhibit and meeting space, the facility hosted the Construct Canada Exposition and Conference as well as the first-ever annual meeting outside the U.S. of the international Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). Both citywide meetings were Zero Waste Events.
Toronto Botanical Gardens
Be sure to take in the Toronto Botanical Gardens, an array of 12 award-winning themed gardens spanning nearly four acres and meeting facilities for up to 300 guests. Here, a complete range of innovative indoor and outdoor learning experiences include garden tours, nature day camps, field trips and an extensive horticultural library. The buildings are as green as the gardens – the visitors centre is LEED Silver Certified with an energy-efficient sloping green roof and an award-winning ecologically-conscious design, complete with rental facilities, garden shop and seasonal café.
Toronto Congress Centre
The city of Toronto is home to one of the largest and most sustainable trade and convention facilities in North America, the Toronto Congress Centre. This major addition doubled the TCC space to one million square feet, and positions the centre as one of the greenest trade show facilities in the world.
If you have questions about planning your next green meeting in Toronto, we’d be happy to assist! Contact us for more details.
The ecoTO team has the mandate to promote environmental and corporate social responsibility and to connect Tourism Toronto staff, members and industry associates with the information and resources they need to help them adopt, implement and support sustainability initiatives in all aspects of their business practices. This will, in turn, enhance the local, national and international profile and credibility of Toronto as a sustainable, socially responsible and green city and region, thereby enhancing its desirability as a destination of choice for business and leisure travelers.
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