Sustainability Practices

In our quest to improve the planet through green-building practices, it makes sense to practice what we preach. In the name of transparency, we’ve outlined the strategies put in place to make this conference as environmentally friendly as possible.


One of the major highlights of this years’ conference is the fact that its conducted entirely in Passive House buildings.

The University of Victoria is first in Canada for climate action—and third globally—in one of the key areas identified by the UN SDGs as requiring urgent action. UVic ranked fourth in the world for sustainable cities and communities. (Source:

UVic also features a rigorous Climate and Sustainability Action Plan. They are recognized as an international leader in climate and sustainability research.

Food Services

The University is striving towards a zero-waste campus. Their conference caterer will be providing washable dishes for coffee breaks and meals. Any single use items are compostable whenever possible.

We highly encourage all participants to bring their own reusable waterbottle.

Print Materials

Printed handouts will be minimized, with QR codes at the registration and info table to deliver key information on your mobile device. The few printed pieces available, will be printed on recyclable FSC certified paper.

Conference signage features pieces re-used from previous years where possible. New wayfinding signage will be printed on recyclable corrugated cardboard panels instead of the typical foamcore.

Exhibitors are encouraged to adhere to these same standards.