THE CNE: It's Easy Being Green at the Fair!

2010 CNE Organizers celebrate Earth Day with a commitment to surpass their green goals already the best of North American fairs.

TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - The Organizers of the 2010 Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) are committed to surpass their 2009 "green" achievements with an even greater expansion of environmental initiatives and the introduction of new programs.

"The CNE is the greenest fair in North America as recognized by the association of fair and industry organizations," says Virginia Ludy, the CNE's Director of Operations and Acting General Manager. "The CNE has been tracking its recycling, energy conservation and reviewing all its operations with the environment in mind. Each year, we look at ways to improve or expand "green" thinking from the visitor experience, to the midway to exhibitors and vendors. It's ongoing, but we're finding everyone is embracing our initiatives which enable us to reach our targets and reduce our overall impact on the environment."

Last summer, the CNE re-cycled 77.3% (1,228,120 kg) of its total waste which was diverted from landfill.

    2010 Initiatives:

    -   This year CNE will be expanding its organic waste re-cycling program
        throughout the grounds. Last year, organic waste was recycled in the
        Food Building, Direct Energy Centre and RibFest areas only.

    -   All Styrofoam will be eliminated on the grounds at the 2010 fair.

    -   All Food Vendors will be required to use compostable plates, cups

    -   The Environmental Initiatives deposit program, which was introduced
        in 2009 with the fair's outdoor concessionaires and Food Building
        vendors, will be expanded to include all exhibitors by 2011.

    -   There will be no beer bottles used on site during the CNE. All beer
        will be served in cans thereby minimizing the need for plastic cups.
        All cups used in beer service will be made of compostable materials.
        The overall number of cups used is expected to decrease by more than
        50% by moving to cans.

    -   The CNE will be expanding its Energy Conservation Program and will be
        working with Exhibitors and Concessionaires to expand its electrical
        conservation program. "Kilowatt Cops" will patrol the grounds to
        ensure that energy is not being wasted.

    -   In 2010, the CNE will begin to explore a water conservation program.

    -   At this summer's fair, the CNE will be expanding its self-serve water
        stations program by adding 5 more water stations (with four spigots
        each) for a total of 10 water stations located throughout the CNE
        grounds. Here, visitors can re-fill their own water bottles with City
        of Toronto tap water.

    Other 2010 initiatives:

    -   The Geo Thermal system in the Press Building is now fully on-line
    -   Bottled water which had been provided to staff at gates and other
        outdoor locations was replaced with refillable drinking vessels and
        staff was educated where the closest refill station is.
    -   Working with concessionaires in trying to find alternative low energy
        lights for midway rides and games.
    -   Encouraging food concessionaires and Food Building exhibitors to buy
        locally grown food products.
    -   Working with our midway provider North American Midway Entertainment
        in rolling out their environmental plan. Examples include reducing
        the number of trucks used to move the show, turning off of air
        conditioners in housing units and offices during non-use periods of
        time, converting lights on rides to low energy alternatives,
        exploring the use of cooking grease to fuel generators etc.
    -   Reducing the use of gas powered golf carts and Kubota's during the
        fair period.
    -   Encourage patrons coming to the CNE by public transit, bicycle or

    Greening the CNE - History of Firsts


    -   Recycled 77.3% of total waste. The solid waste re-cycled included:
           -  189,880 kg of cardboard; 267,611 kg clean fill/soil/sand;
              147,249 kg organic waste; 229,068 kg manure; 89,891 kg
              glass/cans/plastic; 21,418 kg grease; 27,0005 kg plastic wrap;
              25,500 kg hand towels.
    -   Introduced the CNE Smart Award, which was presented to Premier
        Amusements for its solar powered Duck Pond game
    -   Temperature levels for all air conditioned buildings were set at 25
        degrees and all doors were closed when air conditioning system was
        being utilized. Air conditioning was also turned off during move-in
        and move-out and non-show hours.
    -   All service orders for outdoor concessionaires and food-building
        exhibitors were included in their contracts thus reducing the need to
        distribute paper order forms.
    -   All concessionaires and food building exhibitors were required to
        make an Environmental Deposit which was refunded to those exhibitors
        and concessionaires who implemented energy conservation and waste
        reduction programs.
    -   The number of solar powered garbage compactors was increased to three
        on the site.


    -   CNE was the first event at Exhibition Place to introduce organic
        recycling for food waste and organic materials.
    -   CNE accelerated its recycling of paper hand towels, manure, wood
        concrete, clean fill, cardboard, plastics and cans, fluorescent
        bulbs, batteries and wood.
    -   CNE added another solar powered compactor in one of the sorting
    -   More electronic distribution of information to exhibitors and
    -   More LED lights incorporated into decorative features of the fair
        thus replacing the use of incandescent bulbs.
    -   CNE solar powered golf carts introduced into the fleet of golf carts.
        In addition, staff encouraged to limit the use of gas powered golf
    -   First-time inclusion of two new solar powered concessions games on
        the midway.
    -   New requirements for midway contractor and all concessionaires to
        provide plans for how they will reduce their impact on environment
        and reduce energy consumption.
    -   All kitchen cooking grease was sold to a local poultry farmer who
        cleansed the grease and uses it as a natural growth supplement for
        his poultry.


    -   CNE featured a solar powered compactor in one of the sorting
    -   CNE Concessions Department had a new web link developed for Food
        Building Concessionaires and Exhibitors through which information
        that was previously distributed to them in hard copy form was now
        made available to them electronically.
    -   In 2007, staff introduced new regulations for outdoor concessionaires
        whereby decorative lights were to be turned off during day light


    -   CNE converted all decorative lighting in trees to LED lights; this
        program was expanded in 2007 and 2008 and continued in 2009.
    -   In 2006, the CNE Operations Department followed the lead of
        Exhibition Place Parking and successfully converted three large
        parking lots to solar powered pay and display lots. This eliminated
        the need for installing parking kiosks that consumed electricity from
        the electrical grid.


    -   New bicycle racks and bike parking areas were provided at each of the
        CNE pedestrian gates. These areas have had to be expanded each year
        due to demand by our visitors.
    -   The CNE expanded the bicycle permit program on the grounds whereby
        staff and exhibitors will now be permitted to use bicycles with
        restrictions similar to those in place for golf carts.
    -   All advance pass sales for exhibitors and concessionaires were done
        electronically reducing the amount of paper required for these

About the CNE

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is Canada's largest fair and the fifth largest in North America. Founded in 1879, the CNE attracts more than a million visitors over 18 days and generates more than $50 million in economic impact for the City of Toronto and over $70 million for the Province of Ontario on an annual basis. The 2010 CNE takes place from August 20 to September 6 and offers more than 100 concerts, events and attractions that are all free with admission to the fair. Visit for details.


For further information: For further information: Annette Borger, (647) 439-5481,

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