When it opens in 2011, the new Ottawa Convention Centre will offer businesses, visitors and its staff an exceptional environmentally healthy and "green" meeting facility. The Board of the Ottawa Convention Centre insisted on strong environmental performance and leadership because of its location but also because of a commitment to doing what is right for the future of the planet.
The new facility is expected to use materials that are regionally manufactured or recycled to contribute to the local economy but also avoid pollution associated with transportation. The finishing products such as carpets, millwork, and paints will be low in volatile compounds, and in the summer, air will be pre-cooled as it enters the building, and pre-heated in the winter. A solution for gathering storm water to be recycled for toilet use and irrigation will also be explored, and the facility may also have its own water filtration plant. The roof top will have garden areas where for example, in time, herbs can be grown, flash frozen, and used in the preparation of meals on an ongoing basis. This will complement several major new innovations that will be introduced in the commercial kitchen in order to reduce waste and substantially improve energy efficiency.
The OCC also intends to implement a comprehensive waste management program, replete with advanced collection and sorting plans. Another feature of the post-occupancy environmental plan is an advanced green housekeeping and maintenance regime that will ensure that the building continues to operate in a healthy and environmentally friendly way for all visitors, staff and exhibitors. In their work on the new convention facilities, proponents are encouraged to come up with some of their own environmental innovations, but are required to achieve LEED certification. LEED, which is administered in Canada by the Canada Green Building Council, stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is North America's leading third party green building rating system.
The Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) became Canada's first Founding Industry Member of the international Convene Green Alliance (CGA), a grass-roots industry initiative spearheaded by several high profile associations from around the world that aspire to positive environmental practices. Members of CGA, based in Arlington, Virginia, intend to leverage their combined influence to encourage the hospitality industry to minimize its environmental footprint throughout the world. – less–ZoomInfo