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Recycling At Vancouver Convention Centre

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Environment, Facility Management, Professional Development, Recycling

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Published on June 02, 2010 with No Comments

The Vancouver Convention Centre is the winner of the 2010 Recycling Council of British Columbia‘s (RCBC) Environmental Award in the Public Sector category. The award was presented on May 26, 2010 at the RCBC’s 36th Annual Zero Waste Conference and Gala in Whistler.

The 1.1 million square foot Vancouver Convention Centre

The 1.1 million square foot Vancouver Convention Centre

“This remarkable facility continues to set new standards for environmental excellence,” said Kevin Krueger, BC Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. “Today’s award is another example of why the Vancouver Convention Centre is considered a model of sustainability and one of the world’s top convention facilities.”

Otherwise known as the MOBI Awards (nicknamed after the mobius loop recycling symbol, see below), the awards recognize the contributions that individuals and organizations make towards the preservation and protection of BC’s environment.

“We are very honored to be recognized by the Recycling Council of BC,” says Ken Cretney, general manager at the Vancouver Convention Centre. “With our extensive environmental practices and unique sustainable design features and technologies, we are committed to our environmental efforts for the long-term.”

Mobius Loop

Mobius Loop

The only two time winner of the International Association of Congress Centres’ APEX award for “World’s Best Convention Centre,” the Vancouver Convention Centre opened in July 1987 after originally serving as the Canada Pavilion at the World’s Fair in 1986. The Centre’s West building has received LEED Platinum certification and is the only convention center in the world awarded this highest level of LEED designation. With its expansion complete, the Centre has tripled its size to cover 1.1 million square feet (or four city blocks) for a combined total of 466,500 square feet of pre-function, meeting, exhibition, and ballroom space.

Vegetative roof on Vancouver Convention Centre

Vegetative roof on Vancouver Convention Centre

The RCBC’s MOBI Awards

Apart from the Vancouver Convention Centre, other groups received the MOBI Award in the following categories: Non-Profit; Youth Recognition; Education; Private Sector; Innovation; and Journalism/Media Excellence.

“I’d like to congratulate our winners,” says the Recycling Council of BC’s Executive Director, Brock Macdonald. “This year’s group truly represents the diversity of people and organizations that are working hard to make zero waste a reality across our province. We’re thrilled to publicly recognize their outstanding efforts.”

Founded in 1974, the RCBC is Canada’s longest-serving recycling council and has earned the reputation of being one of the most widely respected environmental organizations in the province today. RCBC has played a major role in the establishment of the many ground-breaking product stewardship programs in the province, which are emulated around the world.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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