The world’s largest conference & expo dedicated to green buildings will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - From October 4 - 7, 2011, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will hold its first Greenbuild International Conference & Expo outside of the U.S., at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC). For three days, the international green building event comes alive with programming, workshops and a vast exhibition floor, providing attendees an unrivaled opportunity to learn about the latest technological innovations, explore new products and network with other professionals.

Not surprisingly for a conference dedicated to green buildings, the environmental standards are to the highest order. Greenbuild's mandatory green guidelines cover everything from an exhibitor's sustainability policy, to ensuring booths measure up for air-quality, to minimizing the impact of collateral and shipping materials. The USGBC's demanding standards also applied to the choice of venue, as it sought a facility aligned with its mandate and values.

According to Kimberley Lewis, the USGBC's Vice President of Conferences & Events, "Toronto stood out to us for this year's show because of the growing number of green buildings, the strong Canadian Green Building Council infrastructure and the size of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which is ideally located in the heart of the city, with numerous hotels, restaurants and other amenities within arm's reach." 

"We are delighted to welcome the USGBC and Greenbuild to our green building. When it comes to MTCC's environmental effort, our mantra is continuous improvement, so we're looking forward to learning from the experts in this field", said Barry Smith, President and CEO of the MTCC.

More than 22,000 people are expected to attend Greenbuild, generating a positive impact on the local economy of over $58 million from delegate spending.

About the MTCC
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's #1 convention and trade show facility. Since its opening in 1984, the MTCC has hosted approximately 15,000 events and entertained over 40 million guests. www.mtccc.com.

About the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The Washington, D.C.-based USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 79 local affiliates, nearly 16,000 member organizations, and more than 168,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. GDP from 2009-2013. www.usgbc.org

SOURCE Metro Toronto Convention Centre

For further information:

Ashley Katz
Communications Manager
U.S. Green Building Council
(202) 742-3738
akatz@usgbc.org

Christine Tse
Marketing Manager
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
(416) 585-8106
ctse@mtccc.com


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