Health and safety professionals bring green approach to Toronto convention

    TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ - From May 30-June 4, the 2009 American Industrial
Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce) will convene in Toronto, exploring topics
in industrial hygiene and environmental health and safety. The group, known
for making 'green' meetings a priority, will gather at the Metro Toronto
Convention Centre (MTCC) - a recognized leader in environmental
    The AIHce 2009 program is based on producing an environmentally friendly
event that raises awareness, conserves resources, increases the flow of
information, keeps attendee costs down, and provides sustainable and socially
responsible policies. 'Green' measures at the event will include paperless
technology, an E-Abstract Book, and an emphasis on reducing, reusing and
recycling. A section of the event Expo will include a Green Pavilion,
featuring eco-friendly products and services and an Interactive Green Building
Display, offering exploration of green buildings, from blueprint to footprint.
    "As health and safety professionals, we have the opportunity to be
sustainability ambassadors," explained AIHA Executive Director Peter J.
O'Neil, CAE. "We understand the importance of minimizing our impact on the
environment - which is why we have been expanding our green meeting
initiatives each year, and why hosting this year's conference at the Metro
Toronto Convention Centre was a natural choice."
    A winner of numerous awards and designations for environmental
stewardship, the MTCC offers clients a roster of green meeting options
including Zero Waste events and clean, renewable energy, made possible through
a special partnership with Bullfrog Power. The MTCC currently diverts 77% of
all waste generated, and donates more than 2,000 lbs of food leftovers
annually to local food banks.
    "We are pleased to host AIHce 2009, appropriately themed 'Discovery
Beyond Borders', in Toronto," said Barry Smith, President & CEO of the MTCC.
"Not only are these responsible corporate citizens contributing minimal
negative impact on the environment, they are contributing a positive economic
impact on our city. We estimate that AIHce delegates will spend $7.4 million
during their stay - an important boost to the local economy."

    About the MTCC

    The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's No. 1 convention and
trade show facility. Since its opening in 1984, the MTCC has hosted
approximately 12,000 events and entertained nearly 40 million guests. For
further information, please visit

    About the American Industrial Hygiene Association

    Founded in 1939, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is
the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety
professionals. AIHA's 10,460 members play a crucial role on the front line of
worker health and safety every day. Members represent a cross-section of
industry, private business, labor, government, and academia. For more
information, go to

For further information:

For further information: Christine Chiu, Metro Toronto Convention
Centre, (416) 585-8106,; Carol Tobin, AIHA Meetings and
Education, (703) 846-0745,; Melissa Hurley Alves, AIHA
Communications, (703) 846-0740,

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