Why we’re buzzing with excitement over urban beekeeping


It’s with great pleasure that we introduce you all to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s newest residents: honey bees! Our four hives were installed in June and the bees will be hard at work all summer long pollinating nearby flowers and making delicious honey for our culinary team’s use. Plus, you can watch them as they busily buzz around at a close (and safe!) distance. The hives are located on the top of the South … Continue reading

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Writing in the dark: Confessions of a Sustainability Officer


I’m writing this blog post while sitting in the dark in the middle of an empty building, and I love it! Before you think I’ve totally lost my marbles, let me explain. As the Sustainability Officer at the MTCC, I am tasked with reducing the environmental footprint of the facility. One of the biggest areas of focus is energy conservation; we can consume up to 2,000,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) in a given month, the same … Continue reading

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A farewell to our Zero Waste Events


But don’t worry; it’s a happy goodbye! In 2005, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre started a radical program designed to reduce the environmental footprint of events hosted here. Its name: the Zero Waste Event. We’d been recycling as a facility for quite some time before launching this sustainable meeting solution, but this was to be something new. The idea was simple: collect all the stuff produced by an event, keep it separate from anything else … Continue reading

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