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Congress Sustainable (Green) Efforts  

IPA 2016 is committed to reducing the environmental impact of the congress and giving back to our community, globally and locally. Working closely with our suppliers and partners, here are some of our efforts: 

  • All printed signage is produced with either recyclable gatorboard or recycled wastepaper millboard.

  • 51% of congress signage is electronic.

  • The IPA Congress developed an interactive mobile app as a long-term strategy to reduce print material waste.

  • Available on all four app stores, the mobile app offers a valuable way to enhance the delegate experience as well as access the most up-to-date information.

  • The printed Congress Program is FSC certified, ensuring that products come from responsibly managed forests that are evaluated to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards.

    For more details on FSC certification, visit https://ca.fsc.org/en-ca/fsc-certification.



From the design of the LEED® Platinum-certified facility, the use of the latest green technologies to the adoption of green operating practices, the Vancouver Convention Centre is committed to being as environmentally sustainable as possible.

Click to see some highlights of their efforts.

  • The venue recycles an average of 180,000 kilograms annually, nearly half of the total volume of waste generated.

  • The West building's six-acre living roof - the largest in Canada and the largest non-industrial living roof in North America - features more than 400,000 indigenous plant and grasses. The roof is designed to act as an insulator, reducing heat gains in the summer and heat losses in the winter.

  • The sophisticated black water treatment plant provides toilet flushing water and rooftop irrigation during warmer weather. The venue has successfully reduced potable water use by 72.6%.

  • The Vancouver Convention Centre avoids prepackaged canned goods, utilizes cutlery, china, glass, and cloth napkins, and serves nearly all condiments in bulk or reusable containers.

Want to learn more? Download the Green Meetings Fact Sheet!

The congress AV Provider is the first company to achieve the Level 1 APEX/ASTM Sustainability Certificate for responsible electronic recycling - diverting over 43 tonnes of waste from landfills as well as through their commitment collecting and donating equipment to local charities.

The congress Show Services Provider provides all exhibitors kits and show service information electronically. Correspondence with exhibitors and show management including binders and binder contents will be made from at least 35% post-consumer recovered fiber and recycled paper. Additionally, all exhibit materials are component pieces of a modular concept design, whether they are drapery or hard wall, so they can be reused, assembled and presented in a variety of ways over a long period.

Congress Secretariat - MCI Group Canada Inc. conducted a detail sustainability audit using an Event Safety and Sustainability Tool (ESST) to identify key areas for improvement during the congress planning process.