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IMEX - GMIC Green Award Case Studies - Green Supplier Award
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The Green Supplier Award has been developed by IMEX and GMIC to recognise environmental excellence and innovation within the meetings industry.
The annual Green Supplier Award recognises a meeting supplier (e.g. hotel, convention centre, CVB etc.) that has made innovative efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their operations through planning, implementation and evaluation.
Within this category, Gold and Silver Awards are presented to well-deserving winners.
2014

Sands China Ltd., a subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands Corp., is the leading developer, owner and operator of multi-use integrated resorts and casinos in Macao. To counter-effect the environment impacts of the size of their corporation Sands implemented a formal environmental management system through the Sands ECO360° global sustainability programme which focuses on four pillars: (1) Green Buildings (2) Environmentally Responsible Operations (3) Green Meetings (4) Stakeholder Engagement.

One of their largest hotel brands; The Venetian Macao, has the distinction of being the largest single-structure hotel building in Asia and is the seventh largest building in the world in terms of floor area. On a daily basis, they proactively protect the environment through several initiatives to save energy, water, recycling, raising awareness and sharing our best practices with their local stakeholders. They constantly search for new ways to use resources more efficiently such as using energy-saving lamps, improving cooling and heating systems and building automation systems. The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel achieved Macao Green Hotel Award - Gold Certification for Existing Buildings in 2011-2014.

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2012
Gold Award
CTICC Chief Executive Officer, Rashid Toefy said: "The centre is excited and honoured to be the recipient of this prestigious award. As a convention centre, whose business principles are built around the ethos of sustainability, environmental and social considerations form part of our DNA, and we have managed to incorporate this into every facet of our business. This commitment to sustainability has, in turn, shaped the thinking and approach of our suppliers and conference and exhibition organisers.

"Winning the award is not just an accolade for the CTICC and the organisers of the Green Expo, but for Cape Town as it raises the global profile of the destination. For the CTICC it is not about winning awards, but rather about setting an example and encouraging other organisations to be self-sustaining and conscious about effecting change and the role that they play in society. Our recently announced expansion plans, which will double the centre’s capacity, are set to further reinforce our sustainability leadership. The expansion will be at the cutting edge of sustainable innovation and will showcase the biodiversity of Cape Town and the Western Cape region in its design ethos”.

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2012 Silver Award
The 2012 Silver Award was awarded to Caesars Entertainment in recognition of its commitment to reinforce its position as an industry leader in environmental sustainability and a high level of commitment in this area. Judges were impressed with how Caesars Entertainment had engaged team members at all levels of the company to help ensure that its customers’ meetings programmes were more sustainable.

Michael Massari, Senior Vice President Caesars Entertainment, commented: "We are thrilled to be the recipient of the Silver IMEX Green Supplier Award for these efforts that are good for our business, good for our customers and good for our planet - and we thank IMEX and the GMIC for the opportunity.”

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2011
Gold Award
The DoubleTree Hotel Portland, Oregon, USA, was the winner of the 2011 IMEX Green Supplier Gold Award. DoubleTree Hotel Portland reduced its energy consumption by 32%. In a continued bid to improve air quality, the hotel also aims to reduce its carbon footprint size by 100 metric tonnes each year. DoubleTree Hotel Portland also invests $25,000 to subsidise Portland’s unique TriMet Passport, offering employees the use of reduced rate public transportation. Since offering this programme in 1999, approximately 82,500 gallons of gas have been saved. In 2005, the hotel partnered with the City of Portland "Portland Composts!” programme and has reduced waste sent to landfill from 92% in 2004 to just 37% in 2010. It was these impressive statistics that caught the attention of the judging panel to help DoubleTree Hotel, Portland claim the Gold Award.

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2011
Silver Award
The 2011 Green Supplier Silver Award was given to Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre in recognition of its commitment to cement its position as an industry leader in environmental sustainability; from design stages through to using the latest green technologies and the adoption of extensive green practices. "We are honoured to be recognised by IMEX for leadership in environmental excellence and innovation," said Claire Smith, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Vancouver Convention Centre. "Environmental sustainability is not only at the core of our day-to-day operations, it is strongly reflected in the unique design of our facility. As the world's only LEED Platinum certified convention centre, we're committed to our ongoing sustainability efforts and to help set new standards in our industry."

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2010
Gold Award
The prestigious 2010 IMEX Green Supplier Gold Award was presented to the Adelaide Convention Centre for its innovative efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its operations through planning, implementation and evaluation, all important strategies that helped them to win silver last year. Alec Gilbert, Chief Executive at Adelaide Convention Centre, who picked up the award on the night commented: "Winning the IMEX Green Supplier Gold Award is a fantastic acknowledgment of our success in implementing sustainable practices across all aspects of the Adelaide Convention Centre operation. We have developed a culture of "Gold Service, Green Attitude”, which has become a core value for us and helped bring this continued success."

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2010
Silver Award
The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre were also celebrating after receiving the 2010 Green Supplier Silver Award in this category. Alison Gardiner, Manager International Convention Bidding, who received the award from IMEX Group Chairman, Ray Bloom, commented: "At the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre we believe that green values are mainstream values and are fundamental to our core business principles. We made a strategic commitment a number of years ago to establish our credentials as a globally responsible organisation and to build a sustainable future for our clients, our staff and our community.”

2009
Gold Award
The 2009 Green Supplier 'Gold' Award went to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, whose facilities feature a solar hot water system which will offset more than 40% of general hot water requirements and can provide 100% of public amenity hot water requirements; energy efficient lighting designed with daylight and built-in motion detection controls and radiant slab heating and cooling, which provides energy efficient thermal comfort and reduces air conditioning. A computerised Building Management System (BMS) also minimises energy consumption by continuously controlling and monitoring the amount of energy used.

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2009
Silver Award
The Adelaide Convention Centre was awarded the 2009 Green Supplier 'Silver' Award. Alec Gilbert of the Adelaide Convention Centre said, "A few years ago we made a strategic decision to rebrand and reinvent ourselves. One of the key values adopted was gold service, green attitude, and this philosophy has subsequently influenced the way we do business. The IMEX Award process has allowed us to review our credentials as a green supplier, benchmarking our standards against the world’s best. We are thrilled that once again our environmental initiatives have been acknowledged as outstanding and are delighted to be selected as a silver winner of the IMEX Green Supplier Award 2009.”

2008
Gold Award
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts were awarded the 2008 Green Supplier 'Gold' Award. A staunch advocate of environmental stewardship within the travel and tourism industry, Fairmont was the first major hotel company in North America to include green business practices as an intrinsic part of its operations. Especially impressing the judges was the Fairmont Eco Meet programme - an environmentally friendly conferencing programme, intended to minimise harm to the environment during meetings, conferences and similar events. Developed as a "green meeting" and conference planning option, meeting planners can organise conferences and events that consider the environment, result in reduced waste, and also conserve valuable resources.

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2008
Silver Award
The 2008 Green Supplier 'Silver' Award went to The Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre (VCEC), whose environmental record is a long standing one that has been reflected in all aspects of building facilities and operations for well over a decade. As a result, VCEC has demonstrated an ongoing leadership role that is now being adopted and / or embraced by other convention centres as well as industry groups such as PCOs and clients.