Ringed by snow-capped mountains and glittering ocean, Vancouver is a natural draw for nature-loving delegates, and the city’s dedication to “green” accomplishments goes hand-in-hand with wanting to protect that natural beauty – which includes 200 parks and more than 22 kilometres of waterfront. It’s no wonder Mayor Gregor Robertson has stated that Vancouver will be the “greenest city in the world by 2020.”

At the recent Paris COP21 Climate Change Summit, Vancouver was honoured with the C40 Cities Award for its Greenest City Action Plan. This prestigious award recognizes cities demonstrating world-leading policies and programs that reduce emissions and improve sustainability.

Vancouver has the smallest carbon footprint of any major city in North America and is a front-runner in green building, planning and technology. Just look at the city’s flagship conference venue, the Vancouver Convention Centre. Holding the distinction as the world’s first LEED Platinum-certified convention centre, the facility’s West Building is across-the-board sustainable with a living roof and seawater heating and cooling system, making it one of the greenest buildings in Vancouver.

From honeybees on the rooftops and electric vehicle charging stations in the parking garages, to comprehensive composting and recycling programs, Vancouver hotels are at the forefront of sustainable stays. A host of Vancouver hotels have been recognized by the Green Key Eco-Rating Program as exemplifying environmental stewardship, including the Hyatt Regency Vancouver and The Listel Hotel.

The city also boasts and extensive network of bike lanes and car sharing co-ops, and a new bike share program is on the horizon. An accessible transit system combined with a walkable downtown core make it easy and eco-friendly for delegates to get around. Moreover, Vancouver strives to be a mecca of green enterprise. There are dozens of Vancouver-born companies devoted to environmental protection – Green Peace, the  David Suzuki Foundation, My Green Space, Nature’s Path Foods, and Inventys, to name a few - and the city helps existing businesses go green by providing sustainability workshops, green solutions, and access to car sharing programs.

This Friday, April 22 is Earth Day - a global initiative that encourages people to be more environmentally friendly – so what better time to think green and plan your meeting in an eco-conscious destination like Vancouver. Learn more about why you should bring your next meeting or event to Vancouver here.

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