The city of Vancouver, British Columbia is hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics and many of the Olympic facilities were built to green building standards.  The city’s new convention center expansion, which opened its doors earlier this month, is also a shining example of sustainability.

The West building of the Vancouver Convention Centre has 223,000 square feet of exhibit space, 60,000 square feet of meeting space and a massive 55,000 square feet ballroom.  The facility also has a six-acre living roof, a fish habitat at the foundation of the building, and a large recycling program.

Even the food and beverage services at the Vancouver Convention Centre are eco-friendly.  “Our 'scratch' kitchen uses fresh local ingredients without additives, avoids disposable utensils and dishes, and donates leftover food to local charities.”  Source: Vancouver Convention Centre

Upcoming events at the new facility include Canstruction from April 26 – May 3, 2009.  Canstruction (PDF) is a campaign that raises hunger awareness and gathers food to donate to local food banks.  The Vancouver event will benefit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Vancouver’s green convention center expansion
The newly expanded Vancouver Convention Centre opened its doors as one of the greenest convention centers in the world.