On the waterfront, in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia, sits the Vancouver Convention Centre. Among its long, long list of awards and certifications, the centre has earned itself a platinum LEED rating.
In 2009, the Vancouver Convention Centre opened its West Building, which exhibited the finest in sustainable design. The building has the largest non-industrial living roof in North America, making it home to thousands of indigenous coastal plants and a wide-scale rainwater irrigation program. Heating and cooling in the building comes from a seawater treatment system, and along the shore sits an artificial reef providing prime habitats for a large number of underwater species.
As if the centre’s green design wasn’t enough, they make sure their actions are just as environmentally friendly. An average of 180,000 kilograms of waste is recycled annually, while canned goods and disposable dishes are conscientiously avoided. Only locally grown foods are used, and leftovers go straight o nearby charities.
Pushing past the constraints of traditional urban planning to create a sustainable and environmentally proficient space, the government of British Columbia has created the ultimate convention centre. A leader in green design, the Vancouver Convention Centre brings together nature, locality, and architecture in an exemplary way. No wonder it’s the first convention centre in the world to become LEED platinum certified.
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