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The Buildings Show
Dec 4 - Dec 6, 2024
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, SouthToronto, Canada

Sustainability Mandate

Prioritizing sustainability is critical to The Buildings Show team, and parent company Informa as we understand the environmental impact of the events industry. The Buildings Show strives to identify, understand and address these impacts to achieve continual improvement year after year.

Not only are we committed to running our events in an environmentally and socially responsible way, but we also strive to go further and inspire the sustainable development of the industry we serve, and the community we foster. The Buildings Show is powered by renewable electricity, helping us in our journey towards Net Zero. 

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Our Progress

  • Tracking all wastage and energy usage from our events.
  • Purchasing renewable energy to offset our carbon emissions for The Buildings Show event.
  • Reducing lighting and HVAC throughout move in and move out times as well as disabling the descending elevators.
  • Eliminating show guides from show to save on paper and printing.
  • Discontinuing the use of aisle carpet from the Show Floor.
  • Working with the MTCC to enable exhibitors to donate any materials they won’t re-use to Habitat for Humanity.
  • Reducing materials and giveaways (“swag") ordered for the event.

Goals

The Buildings Show team has many goals, some short-term whilst others are looking further forward into the future.

This year, The Buildings Show will focus on three fundamental goals:

  1. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commitment:
    Our goal is to create an inclusive event and to encourage a balance of different genders, races, ages, ethnicities, abilities, and educational backgrounds across the speaker faculty.
  2. Make an Positive Impact in Our Community:
    Support a local charity and partner with Habitat for Humanity to donate show floor items to be repurposed while diverting waste from landfills.
  3. Showcasing Emerging Local and National Start-Up Companies: Create a feature on the show floor to provide access and visibility to the professionals in the built environment.

Venue Support

  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building is a LEED gold certified facility.
  • The MTCC diverts 90% of waste from landfill by recycling including batteries and bulbs, composting, food and material donation to Toronto’s District School Board Student Nutrition Program and Habitat for Humanity.
  • The MTCC operates six beehives on the roof of the South building. Each hive is home to 50,000 bees which help support the preservation of essential pollinators in our city to producing delicious honey for our culinary team. Along with a chef’s garden which allows home-grown fresh ingredients to be used as much as possible.
  • The MTCC uses Enwave Energy’s Deep Lake Water Cooling system. This system uses cold water extracted from Lake Ontario to cool our South Building allowing for a significant reduction in GHG emissions & electrical consumption.
  • The MTCC uses Voyage Control to reduce traffic and emissions in the local area by eliminating idle time for vehicles.

For more information on Metro Toronto Convention Centre sustainability initiatives click here

Tips on how you can help!

Attendees

  1. Travel to The Buildings Show using public transit or carpool.
  2. Bring a reusable water bottle to refill.
  3. While on-site please use the waste/recycling/composting bins correctly.
  4. Scan QR code to download our show guide and publications by our media partners.
  5. Donate to our local charity.
  6. Attend the seminars in the educational program addressing sustainability.

Exhibitors

  1. Reduce physical handouts, opt for a QR code instead.
  2. Reuse and recycle your booth and signage. Create signage without dates so it can be reused.
  3. Avoid materials such as foam, plastic, and chemicals or adhesives.
  4. Use energy efficient LED lights whenever possible to highlight areas and products within your booth, while keeping energy consumption minimal.
  5. During Move-In and Move Out ensure you utilize the cardboard & hard/soft plastic recycling bins. If elements of your display cannot be recycled — consider donating re-usable material to companies like Habitat for Humanity. If you have any materials to be donated, please email donations@mtccc.com for pre-approval. 

FasterForward to Zero

FasterForward is Informa’s approach to sustainability, moving faster to become a zero waste and net zero carbon business.

A series of activities and commitments carried out 2020-2025 will ensure our events become ever more sustainable, delivering a truly positive impact to the markets we serve. We will also actively help our partners, customers, and wider markets to achieve the same.

Our FasterForward commitments include:

  • Become carbon neutral across our events by 2025
  • Halve the waste generated through our events by 2025
  • Embed sustainability inside 100% of our events by 2025

See the full list of commitments and find out more

Diversity & Inclusion at The Buildings Show

As The Buildings Show continues to remain relevant for the next generation of leaders, we must support diversity and inclusion efforts always changing established thinking. We provide opportunities where you can learn more about each other and topics that drive change. Everything we do goes towards creating the ultimate experience: making a safe, inclusive space for people to gather, and celebrate together.

Please click the button below to read The Buildings Show Code of Conduct.