Eco-friendly Québec City venues for meetings and conventions

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Sustainable meetings and conventions are on everyone’s minds these days, with host organizations and event planners looking to cater to the growing demand for more sustainable conventions, conferences and business events.

As a host city, Québec City checks all the boxes for a fascinating destination that combines history and culture, state-of-the-art event infrastructure, and unique venues.

Did you know Québec City also distinguishes itself for its sustainable event ecosystem? To help meeting planners plan their next eco-friendly event in Québec City, here are some of the top eco-friendly event venues.

Québec City Convention Centre

The Québec City Convention Centre is, by far, the epitome of sustainability, as it was the first convention centre in Canada to set up a support program to hold sustainable events.

Certified LEED® Canada-CI (commercial interiors)- Gold Level, LEED-BE (existing building) from the U.S. Green Building Council - Silver Level, and BOMA BEST - Level 3, the Centre’s building is an exemplary demonstration of ingenuity and innovation when it comes to making events sustainable. In fact, it won the Platinum category of the GHG Target Achievement Award during the Building Energy Challenge. The venue was able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 50% during a four-year period.

Because the Québec City Convention Centre is anything but conventional, its sustainability initiatives don’t stop there. In addition to rigorous and smart energy, water and air management, the event team even offers to include sorting waste and compostable materials produced at events at no extra charge. The Convention Centre aims at a recovery rate of 80%.

Alongside exceptionally discerning sustainable F&B services, the Québec City Convention Centre provides a comprehensive, turnkey program for eco-friendly events. Guided by experts, event planners will be able to organize a conference or convention that meets exacting sustainability standards. A wide range of tools and close partnerships with partners that share similar values top off the Convention Centre’s amazing lineup of planet-friendly, people-friendly services.

Croisières AML

As a family-owned company and member of Green Marine (Level 5), Croisières AML has always been concerned about future generations, from both an ecological and social standpoint.

Preserving Québec local marine environment is the foundation of its sustainability strategy. Croisières AML is the co-founder of the Eco Whale Alliance to safeguard marine life. It has adopted a code of ethics and sustainable practices during whale-watching excursions. Croisières AML has also contributed technically and financially to Québec non-profits to protect marine wildlife and rehabilitate the St. Lawrence River.

In addition to modernizing equipment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it has also reduced by 75% annually its freshwater use. Reducing plastic consumption and the development of an innovative wastewater treatment system are just some of the other actions Croisières AML has taken over the past few years.

Finally, the cruise company created the Eco Whale Fund, which supports research and education on sea whale-watching activities. The support given to employees and local businesses is also front and centre to ensure that Québec City communities thrive.

Centre Vidéotron

The Centre Vidéotron is a popular indoor arena for numerous social, cultural, and sporting events that has been striving to protect the local community and environment since it opened in 2015.

The Centre is currently taking the steps to earn LEED certification for its building. Centre Vidéotron has incorporated various eco-friendly practices into its operations and facility management. These include facilitating access to public transportation, introducing rainwater management strategies, and landscaping areas around the building to reduce urban heat islands.

The Centre Vidéotron practices water-wise landscaping, limiting potable water use for irrigation, and reducing water consumption within the building to lessen the strain on municipal water supplies.

Finally, Centre Vidéotron has put together numerous strategies to optimize energy efficiency performance beyond standard requirements.

Le Monastère des Augustines

Sustainable and responsible development forms the core principles of Le Monastère des Augustines. This commitment is reflected in the 5 Green Key certification that Le Monastère has received, demonstrating its compliance to the highest environmental and social responsibility levels across the board.

Caregivers, along with healthcare workers and volunteers from the health and social services sectors, are welcome to use the Monastère's accommodations, resources, and activities for some much-deserved respite; this is carried out in collaboration with La Fiducie du patrimoine culturel des Augustines.

On top of re-using existing materials and furnishings, choosing low-VOC glues, solvents and paints, and installing energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems, the Monastère hosts many activities that promote healthy lifestyles. Event attendees can enjoy mindful eating and organic foods. The venue hosts workshops on work-life balance, the benefits of medicinal and heritage plants, and a wide range of other topics.

Without a doubt, Québec City’s sustainable venues are avant-garde in terms of sustainability. For any event planner wanting to assure participants of their contribution to a better world, the city offers many options.

Régis Fleury

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