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IACC ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY STATEMENT
The International Association of Conference Centres shall be a leader in creating environmental awareness among IACC member properties and their clients. We do this by communicating the initiatives that we have researched and identified as having a lesser environmental impact; by encouraging IACC members to adopt these environmentally responsible practices into their business operations; and by continuous improvement to our own management efforts; all with the goal of reducing our carbon footprint and environmental impact.



 CODE OF SUSTAINABILITY

The International Association of Conference Centres has a rigorous Code of Sustainability which includes 60 tenets in the following areas:

  • Education, Awareness and Public Declaration
  • Waste Management
  • Recycling
  • Reuse
  • Water Conservation
  • Purchasing
  • Energy Management
  • Air Quality
  • Food & Beverage

IACC monitors and updates the Code periodically in order to ensure that it reflects state-of-the-art best practices.  When IACC members sign the Code of Sustainability, they certify that their organization supports IACC’s Environmental Policy and they join with other members in striving for more sustainable, environmentally responsible industry policies and practices.

Members are required to update the status of their adherence to applicable tenets in the Code on an annual basis and IACC recognizes three tiers of participation. Members that achieve 100% of the Code qualify for the Platinum Tier; those that achieve 85% qualify for the Gold Tier; and those that achieve 75% qualify for the Silver Tier.

IACC is pleased to recognize its 2012 Leaders in Environmental Responsibility:

Platinum Tier

Airlie Center Warrenton, Virginia, USA
The Banff Centre Banff, Alberta, Canada
Bergendal Meetings Sollentuna, Sweden
Eaglewood Resort & Spa Itasca, Illinois, USA
Henley Business School, Henley on Thames, UK
The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread Racine, Wisconsin, USA
Lied Lodge & Conference Center Nebraska City, Nebraska, USA
The Millennium Centre Johnson City, Tennessee, USA
Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF San Francisco, California, USA 
MIT Endicott House Dedham, Massachusetts, USA 
Runö Möten & Events, Åkersberga, Sweden 
Sheraton Denver West Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Gold Tier

Arden Shisler Conference Center Wooster, Ohio, USA
Ashridge Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire UK
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center Austin, Texas, USA
Babson Executive Conference Center Babson Park, Massachusetts, USA
Balingsholm Kursgård AB Huddinge, Sweden
Bell Harbor International Conference Center Seattle, Washington, USA
Chaminade Resort & Spa Santa Cruz, California, USA
Charles F Knight Executive Education and Conference Center St. Louis, Missouri, USA
The Chattanoogan Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Chauncey Conference Center Princeton, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Cheyenne Mountain Resort Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Comwell Borupgaard Snekkersten, Denmark
Comwell Grand Park, Kørsor, Denmark
Comwell Klarskovgaard a-s Korsør, Denmark
Comwell Middelfart Middelfart, Denmark
Conference Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
Conference Center at Doubletree Guest suites Chicago/Downers Grove Downers Grove, Illinois, USA
Conference Center at the DoubleTree Hotel Chicago North Shore, Skokie, Illinois, USA
The Conference Center at Marriott Ixtapan de la Sal Ixtapan de la Sal, Mexico
Conference Center Niagara Falls Niagara Falls, New York, USA
Conferencehotel Kapellerput Heeze, Netherlands
The Council House Racine, Wisconsin, USA
Deloitte University, Westlake (Dallas), Texas
De Ruwenberg Conference & Training Center Michielsgestel, Netherlands
Dolce Aspen Meadows Resort Aspen, Colorado, USA
Dolce Bad Nauheim Bad Nauheim, Germany
Dolce Hayes Mansion San Jose, California, USA
Dolce La Hulpe, Brussels La Hulpe, Belgium
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Bethesda-DC Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Edith Macy Conference Center Briarcliff Manor, New York, USA
Emory Conference Center Hotel Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Engsholms Slott Stockholm, Sweden
The Enterprise Center at BCC Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA
Eric P. Newman Education Center St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa La Jolla, California, USA
Executive Conference and Training Center Dulles Dulles, Virginia, USA
Executive Meeting Center at Hilton Long Beach Long Beach, California, USA
Executive Conference Center at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club Durham, North Carolina, USA
Executive Conference Center at the Westin Southfield Southfield, Michigan, USA
FHI 360 Conference Center Washington, DC, USA
Fluno Center for Executive Education Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Glen Erin at Lancefield Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Graylyn International Conference Center Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center Florham Park, New Jersey, USA
High Country Conference Center Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Highgate House Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center Grapevine, Texas, USA
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville Gainesville, Florida, USA
Hotell Kristina, Sigtuna, Sweden
The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center Englewood, Colorado, USA
Johnson & Johnson Education and Conference Center New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University Washington, DC, USA
Les Fontaines Chantilly, France
The Liberty Conference Center at the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA
Lockheed Martin Center for Leadership Excellence Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Marriott Inn and Conference Center, University of Maryland, University College Adelphi, Maryland, USA
MGSM Executive Hotel & Conference Centre Macquarie Park, New South Wales, Australia
The Moller Centre Cambridge, England
NAV CANADA Training & Conference Centre Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
The National Conference Center Lansdowne, Virginia, USA
Network Meeting Center at Techmart Santa Clara, California, USA
Notre Dame Conference Center Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
Pacific Palms Hotel & Conference Center City of Industry, (Los Angeles), California, USA
Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Q Center Saint Charles, Illinois, USA
R. David Thomas Executive Conference Center Durham, North Carolina, USA
Radcliffe Training and Conference Centre Coventry, England
Royal College of Physicians London, England
San Ramon Valley Conference Center San Ramon, California, USA
Scarman House Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Skamania Lodge Stevenson, Washington, USA
Skogshem & Wijk Meetings & Events Lidingö, Sweden
Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center Southbridge, Massachussetts, USA
Spencer Leadership Centre London, Ontario, Canada
Stora Brännbo Konferens och Hotell Sigtuna, Sweden
Summit Executive Centre Chicago, Illinois, USA
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel & Conference Center Tempe, Arizona, USA
Trinity Hotel & Conference Centre Fredericia, Denmark
The University Center, Kent State University at Stark North Canton, Ohio, USA
Villa Brevik Lidingö, Sweden
The Villanova Conference Center Radnor, Pennsylvania, USA
White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center The Woodlands, Texas, USA
Wyboston Lakes Wyboston, Bedfordshire, England

Silver Tier

ARAMARK Conference Centers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Barnett Hill Conference Centre
Guildford, Surrey, England
The Blackwell Inn & Conference Center Columbus, Ohio, USA
Centre Mont-Royal Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Comwell Sønderborg Sønderborg, Denmark
Conference Center at Maritime Institute Linthicum Heights, Maryland, USA
The Conference Center at Northpointe Lewis Center, Ohio, USA
DeVere Venues Latimer Place London, England
Dolce Frégate Provence Saint Cyr sur Mer, France
Dolce Munich Unterschleissheim Munich-Unterschleissheim, Germany
Dolce Sitges Barcelona, Spain
Donald Gordon Conference Centre Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Favrholm Campus Conference Centre Hillerød, Denmark
The Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA 
Groenendael Philips Management Training Centre Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
Hilton Scranton & Conference Center Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Högberga Gård AB Lidingö, Sweden
Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Lansdowne Resort Lansdowne, Virginia, USA
Ledernes Konference Center, Odense, Denmark 
The Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Mt. Washington Conference Center Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Mooirivier Congreshotel Dalfsen, The Netherlands
Nyborg Strand Best Western Nyborg, Denmark
Oak Brook Hills Marriott ResortConference Center Oak Brook, Illinois, USA
Princeton Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center Syracuse, New York, USA
Stonewall Resort Roanoke, West Virginia, USA
Utah Valley Marriott Conference Center at the Provo Marriott Provo, Utah, USA
Warren Conference Center & Inn Ashland, Massachusetts, USA
Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Morrilton, Arkansas, USA
Wyndham Princeton Forrestal Hotel and Conference Center Princeton, New Jersey, USA
 


LINKS OF INTEREST

 

Certifications

LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. 


 

 

Audubon Green Leaf™ Eco-Rating Program

Audubon Green Leaf™ Eco-Rating Program provides you with the assurance that audited lodging facilities have met environmental best practices standards that are required for their rating of one to five Green Leafs.

 


 

 

   Green Seal®

 

More and more companies are recognizing that environmentally responsible design and production are an integral part of their mission and the value they want to deliver to their customers. The Green Seal® sends a clear message: we care about improving the health and welfare of people and the planet. As more and more businesses have begun to recognize that environmental priorities can be translated into market advantage, they've turned to Green Seal certification to give them a business edge.

 


 

 

Green Globe Certification

Green Globe Certification is the leading worldwide certification based on internationally accepted documentation formed by Green Globe International Inc. and Green Certifications Inc. Environmental and cultural criteria as well as Corporate Social Responsibilities are aligned with the agreed international best practice. Their objective is to introduce and strengthen sustainability and social practices at all levels of management. 


 

 

IACC Resources

 

 

IACC's Sustainability Committee
Please feel free to contact IACC's Sustainability Committee if you have questions.

IACC Resource Library .
Choose GREEN in the Categories pop-up menu.

 


 

 

Green Meetings

 

 

BlueGreen Meetings
BlueGreen Meetings was created in 1996 as an environmental charitable organization with the mandate of conserving coastal environments through environmentally responsible tourism. It is the first charity in North America to focus on developing environmental 'best practices' for all sectors of the tourism industry.
www.bluegreenmeetings.org

Cleaner and Greener Event Certification
You can register on their website for help to host a Cleaner and Greener Certified event. Organizations that register their event with Cleaner and Greener Event Certification make a commitment to reduce emissions.
www.cleanerandgreener.org

EPA: Green Meetings
This site can help you plan meetings while minimizing negative impacts on the environment.
www.epa.gov/oppt/greenmeetings

Green Meeting Industry Council
The Green Meeting Industry Council is leading the meeting industry in improving meeting management by supporting collaboration and the development and dissemination of resources and opportunities that improve the environmental performance of meetings and events.
www.greenmeetings.info

Green Meetings - Environment Canada
Download the Green Meeting Guide at www.greeninggovernment.gc.ca/


 

 

 

And More....

 

 

Offset Your Carbon Footprint
www.carbonfund.org/

“Green” Hotels Association
www.greenhotels.com/

EPA Procurement Guidelines
www.epa.gov/cpg

Responsible Purchasing Network
www.responsiblepurchasing.org

Local Harvest – real food. real farmers. real community.
www.localharvest.org

Food Routes – Buy fresh. Buy local.
www.foodroutes.org

Environmental Grantmakers Association
www.ega.org/resources/index.php


Do you have ideas for links from this page? If so, email the information to Mark Cooper for consideration by the IACC Sustainability Committee. 

KEEP THINKING GREEN!

 




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