Ireland Green!

Convention Centre DublinIt may have been a trend a decade or two ago (or longer) but the race to save our planet is now a full-fledged way of business. At least in some industries. I like to think we're ahead of the curve in meeting planning. After all, planners are still searching out suppliers that do business in environmentally-friendly ways.

So it should be no surprise that The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), on the Emerald Isle of Ireland, has received green certification. Or at least the European version of it: accreditation in International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 9001 - Quality Management System and ISO 14001 - Environmental Management System.

The accreditation is awarded by Certification Europe, which is governed by the Irish National Accreditation Board. According to an article on the MPI website, it’s the world’s first carbon neutral convention center and is committed to long-term sustainability and has already attracted green clientele like Globe Forum and Plan Expo Green.

Amazingly, the Center’s plan to reduce landfill has led to a recycle rate of more than 70 percent per month in 2011.  That could also be a reason the CCD was able to get its accreditation within just 14 months of opening.

Nicely done, CCD.
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