center recycles and reuses more than two-thirds of on-site trash, with an eco-friendly
dock to ease removal. Underground pipes
deliver thermal heat and chilled water to the
buildings, eliminating the need for on-site
boilers, chillers, air conditioners and related
equipment. Featuring extensive natural
lighting, the above-ground Global Center for
Health Innovation has a white reflective roof
to reduce heat gain and lessen energy usage.
Richmond, British Columbia
Founded in 1982, Harbour Air is the world’s
largest all-seaplane airline. Flying more than
450,000 passengers annually throughout
British Columbia’s scenic coastal regions,
the carrier also offers transportation and
tour services to the group market. These
include direct flights to key destinations
such as Victoria, Vancouver and Whistler,
panoramic aerial excursions and programs
like the Fly ’n’ Dine Tour to Victoria’s historic
Since 2007, the airline has collaborated with Offsetters Climate Solutions, a
division of NatureBank Asset Management,
Canada’s largest carbon management solutions provider. The result is North America’s first fully carbon-neutral airline, now
offsetting 100 percent of emissions ( 73,000-
plus tonnes in the last decade) from flights
and corporate operations.
One year ago, Harbour Air opened its
custom-built terminal in Victoria Harbour
Airport, featuring a one-acre grass roof.
This June, in celebration of both anniver-
saries, Harbour Air expanded its enter-
prise-wide commitment to sustainability
by introducing a colony of honey bees and
a solar array to the roof. Initially featuring
four hives containing some 10,000 honey
bees, the colony, slated to grow to 200,000-
plus bees over time, contributes to Victo-
ria’s ecosystem and helps address North
America’s declining wild bee populations.
Inside the terminal, travelers can watch
the busy bees at work on the “Bee-Cam,”
see how the 50 solar panels are feeding
the electrical grid, and purchase “Harbour
Honey” from the colony.
For millennia, groundwater aquifers
provided life-sustaining water to people
inhabiting the arid desert area of the future
Las Vegas. By 1962, however, the Las Vegas
Springs were tapped out from overuse and
threatened by development, including
running an expressway over the site.
In 1966, archaeological evidence of
early human habitation helped secure
protection for the site, which was listed on
the National Register of Historic Places in
1978. Arising from plans to manage and
protect the site’s cultural, natural and water
resources, Springs Preserve opened to the
public in 2007.
Ten years later and the 180-acre campus,
just west of Downtown Las Vegas, is an
inspiring showcase of sustainable living,
design and architecture. Green features
abound, including nearly 150,000 square
feet of Platinum LEED-certified space;
2,200 photovoltaic arrays generating power
for the site; and bio-filtration wetlands that
recycle water for reuse on-site.
Affiliated with the Las Vegas Valley Water
District, the preserve is also a wellspring of
group activities and functions.
Year-round programming includes
signature events such as Mardi Gras Las
Vegas, Brews and Blues, Haunted Harvest
and Dia de Muertos. Nearly four miles of
hiking and biking trails weave through 110
acres of native habitats and archaeological
sites, and the site overflows with indoor
and outdoor group spaces. Highlights
include Southern Nevada’s most extensive botanical gardens, hosting up to 500
people; various spaces within the LEED
Platinum-certified Desert Living Center;
the tiered, open-air Springs Amphitheater
for up to 250 people; and the 156-capacity
Big Springs Theater.
Designed and built by the UNLV Solar
Decathlon Team, the award-winning
DesertSol is a unique model of sustainable
construction. Ideal for intimate gatherings,
this 754-square-foot structure overlooking
the preserve’s trails and gardens features
pre-weathered materials capable of enduring Las Vegas’ harsh desert environment.
By 2025, Copenhagen aims to be the
world’s first carbon-neutral capital. By
2050, Denmark, a global leader in the
development of sustainable technologies
since 1980, wants to be fossil fuel-free.
Their strides toward these ambitions are
attracting major attention. The city and
country routinely place at or near the top of
livability, sustainability and related global
rankings—including on the meetings front.
Nicknamed the “Capital of Sustainable
Meetings,” the city and Copenhagen CVB
placed second on last year’s inaugural
Global Destination Sustainability Index.
Launched by ICCA’s Scandinavian chapter
in partnership with the MCI Group, and
since expanded to include IMEX, the index is
a collaborative platform promoting sustain-
ability for meetings destinations worldwide.
From dining to transportation (bicycles
dominate), Copenhagen is green at every
turn. The city’s two largest group venues,
Bella Center and Tivoli Congress Cen-
ter, are Green Key-certified, while nearly
three-quarters ( 71 percent) of all Copenha-
gen hotel rooms are eco-certified.
Showcasing Denmark’s green leadership
via interactive exhibits and installations,
the House of Green is a unique venue pur-
pose-designed for green economy business
groups and delegations, with flexible meet-
ing areas for networking, collaboration and
Historic green-branded brewer Carlsberg,
which recently introduced its biodegradable
Green Fiber Bottle, is another eco-leader. As
work proceeds on Carlsberg Byen (“Town”),
a $2 billion multiuse redevelopment of its
former brewery site that is at the forefront of
the city’s sustainability and carbon-neutral-ity plans, groups can also experience Visit
Carlsberg. One of the city’s top attractions,
this local treasure hosts tours and events in
venues such as the historic Jacobsen Brewhouse and Bar, the elegant and artful Carlsberg Museum and Business Center, and the
modern Carlsberg Conference Center.
Massachusetts Museum of
North Adams, Mass.
Conceived around 1985, announced in
1987 and opened in 1999, this triumphant
“mill to museum” adaptive transformation
project represents “one giant 30-year recycling project,” according to Jodi Joseph, the
museum’s director of communications.