Edmonton has hosted seven carbon-neutral events so far and has nine planned for next year. Alberta’s capital city is serious about sustainable events and has launched a campaign to ensure event organisers know it has the experts to walk them through every step.
Explore Edmonton — the city’s Destination Marketing and Management Organization (DMMO) — has made sustainability a top priority in events. Its team is looking at events differently from the planning, preparation and delivery to use less resources and reduce the overall impact on our environment.
It can be hard to know where to start, but Explore Edmonton aims to change that. The dedicated Sustainability team provides complimentary consultation and guidance on sustainable event practices. For example, by participating in the Carbon Neutral Event program, events can reduce carbon emissions and take responsibility for non-avoidable emissions by investing in carbon offsetting projects. By participating in the Responsible Event Program, events can give back to the community by taking part in socially and environmentally responsible choices that Edmonton has aligned with the UN SDGs. So, associations can leave the host city a bit better than they found it.
LIGHTING THE WAY
Explore Edmonton is a step ahead. It doesn’t just market but manages events in the city. It has a role in both the operations of city-owned venues as well as filling them with happy guests.
Edmonton is the second sunniest city in Canada with an average of 2,344 hours and 325 days of bright sunshine a year, and it is taking full advantage.
The Edmonton Convention Centre (ECC) is home to Canada's largest building-integrated solar photovoltaic roof, producing clean, renewable energy. Atop the Edmonton EXPO Centre, the installation of the largest rooftop solar array in Canada is nearly complete.
Edmonton was recently featured in a docuseries — Sustainable Travel: Where Next? — highlighting leaders and influencers in sustainable travel and tourism and how they’re protecting their destinations.
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Carbon-neutral events are possible. Edmonton’s promise is to keep building on the work it’s done so far and to partner with others around the world who want to be part of the transformative change.
Explore the vast boreal landscapes where the bison roam, then dine at some of Canada’s hottest local taprooms. With more than 50 festivals annually and an endless list of attractions from nightlife, music and sport, Edmonton is the perfect place to make memories in Western Canada.
The largest northernmost metropolis in North America and the gateway to Canada’s wild prairies, its backyard includes grizzly bears, waterfalls, canyons and glacier fed lakes. Spend a couple of nights in the city, then head out to the Rocky Mountains of Jasper National Park or Canada’s Northern Territories for the ultimate Canadian experience.
Edmonton’s river valley and park systems have more than 150 km of trails. Cruise through North America’s largest stretch of urban parkland by foot, bike, canoe, snowshoe or even Segway.
And when it comes to winter, alongside all manner of sports there are cosy outdoor patios, city-wide snowball fights, deep freezer races and spectacular views of the Northern Lights.