At the Adelaide Convention Centre, protecting the environment has become part of our DNA.

Whether it’s minimising waste, saving water, reducing energy use or choosing sustainable food – every small step has contributed to us becoming one of the “greenest” conference venues in Australia.

We became the first convention centre to use earthworms to recycle its organic waste, reduce our gas and water consumption, and re-use or recycle 90% of our exhibition waste (read a case study about this here).

The Adelaide Convention Centre purchase 98% of our food and beverage from local suppliers, which not only injects over $4.1 million into the state’s economy, but also results in fewer “food miles”.

It takes passion, commitment, innovation, proactivity and initiative from the entire team to achieve better sustainability results each year.

While everyone contributes, the Centre’s environmental innovation is driven by the ‘Green Team’ – a group of staff volunteers who formed a committee to research and develop ideas and promote environmentally-responsible practices among the organisation.

The Green Team was established by the Centre’s management to empower people right across the organisation. In turn, the Centre’s employees have taken ownership and have become the drivers of change.

Initiatives driven by staff include recycling reading glasses for Lions Recycle for Sight Australia, recycling shoes by donating them to Soles 4 Souls, and planting trees through our corporate partnership with Trees for Life – we have an annual tree planting day every year.

The team’s latest initiative is to set up systems to recycle all of the Centre’s Nespresso coffee pods. The 90,000 pods used at the Centre annually are being diverted from the landfill waste stream; that’s 1,400kg of aluminium and organic waste!

Our achievements are also made possible by working in partnership with our clients, who are as committed as we are to ensuring their event leaves a minimal “carbon footprint”.

In 2014, we struck gold – we were thrilled to receive notification that the Centre achieved Gold Certification under the globally recognised EarthCheck environmental program.

EarthCheck is run by environmental advocacy group EC3 Global, and it is the standard environmental best practice program used by convention centres, travel and tourism organisations around the world.

Our Gold Certification achievement followed the Centre’s five years of continuous silver certification. Throughout the process of striving for EarthCheck’s benchmarks, we’ve significantly reduced our environmental footprint.

However, the constant improvement continues. To maintain our Gold status, we need to be always looking for ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Our aim is to become the first conference venue in the Southern Hemisphere to be awarded EarthCheck’s Platinum Certification, which will be achieved after ten years of continuous benchmarking.

There’s many things we’ve changed and improved to make sure our Centre is the greenest it can be. If you’re interested in finding out more about the Adelaide Convention Centre’s commitment to environmental sustainability, click here.