Leadership in environmental responsibility is at the heart of all we do at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Long recognized as an outstanding example of a ‘green’ facility, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre endeavors to serve as a global green leader within our industry while also providing clients with sustainable meeting solutions. Our commitment to reducing our environmental footprint is summarized in our Corporate Environmental Policy.
Sustainability is something we are deeply committed to, and seek to attain through a number of different initiatives.
Since our 2014/15 fiscal year, we have successfully diverted 90% of the waste produced in our facilities from landfill. Dedicated staff from our sustainability, stewarding, and cleaning departments work to donate leftover food and supplies to local charities, and whatever cannot be donated is reused or recycled if possible.
Clean, Green Electricity:
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre was the first convention centre in Canada to offer clients clean power (made possible through our partnership with Bullfrog Power). We provide all of our customers the option to offset the greenhouse gas emissions created from their events by purchasing renewable energy to be put onto the grid on their behalf. If you are interested in helping to foster our commitment to the environment by greening your event, please speak with your Event or Meeting Manager upon booking.
Our South Building is home to a seven-acre green space, complete with a park and benches for public enjoyment. It provides us with numerous benefits, including reduced energy consumption, a reduction in cooling costs, and beautification of the overall cityscape.
Water fixture upgrades in 2012 allowed us to minimize water usage by 15,000m3 per year. Our two large industrial dishwashing units are also not only energy efficient, but they consume significantly less water, which is very important when thousands of dishes are washed every week!
Deep Water Cooling:
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre was the first facility in Toronto to be on Enwave Energy’s Deep Lake Water Cooling system. Launched in 2004, this unique system uses cold water extracted from Lake Ontario to cool the South Building, resulting in significant reductions in electricity consumption and Greenhouse Gas emissions.
In 2016, the MTCC opened up an area on the rooftop of our South building for beehives! We have partnered with Alvéole, a Montreal-based beekeeping company, to manage six hives that support local pollination in the downtown core. Our rooftop hives allow us to educate visitors about the importance of bees, and each Fall they provide us with delicious, unpasteurized honey which we offer to our staff and clients. Be sure to check out our rooftop observation hive located beside the elevators during your next visit to see these fascinating critters in action!