Sustainability Integration: 2020 IAPCO Conference & General Assembly

Creating an environmentally friendly experience.

​​​​​​​The MCI Canada team was co-host to the 2020 IAPCO Conference and General Assembly, inviting over 100 high-level leadership from Professional Congress Organizers around the world.

IAPCO has always had a strong focus on sustainability, so as hosts of the 2020 Conference, our team worked in collaboration with all the event’ stakeholders to create an environmentally friendly experience:

  • Followed IAPCO Plastic Pledge ensuring an entirely plastic free conference
  • Delegate bags made from re-purposed street banners that were donated
    • These bags were manufactured by a company that provides flexible training and employment for women who are newcomers to Canada, living with mental health challenges, or who are experiencing other employment barriers
  • Provided rubberised stainless-steel bottles to reduce the use of plastic bottles
  • Hosted at the Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building – the world’s first double LEED Platinum certified convention centre
  • Locally sourced, healthy food choices including Ocean Wise seafood, where possible 
  • Transportation/shuttles used electric vehicles to reduce the carbon footprint
  • Name badges that were 100% recyclable paper
  • Lanyards were made from a variety of reground and melted materials manufactured in Canada and ‘borrowed’ from the Vancouver Lanyard Library, and returned, to be re-used and reduce waste
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