Toronto’s special events industry has been trending toward conscientious and eco-friendly events for quite some time now. From limiting disposable décor to the reduction or charity of food waste, but what about the practices of the venue itself? Did you know that your event venue plays a huge role in maintaining sustainability?
Lucky for us, we have multiple GTA venues that keep sustainability top of mind, executing events following dedicated eco-friendly protocols and practices. We’ve rounded them up for you below!
Times have changed over the years for the better at Evergreen Brick Works. From their untimely demise in the 1980s, leaving behind crumbled buildings and contaminated soil, to the flourishing international showcase it is today for green design and urban innovation. The idea for this beautiful vibrant public space emerged as part of Evergreen’s effort to create a greater impact in the world’s sustainability issues. Thus, when you have an event at Evergreen Brick Works, not only you are directly supporting their many urban sustainability programs, you are supporting many local, organic, and cruelty-free vendors with whom they are partnered.
The team over at Steam Whistle Brewery proudly keeps their events award-winningly green through years of hard-work and commitment! From switching over to energy-efficient equipment and lighting to supporting charitable waste diversion programs, this facility just might be the aesthetically-pleasing guilt-free venue you are looking for!
From supporting farmer’s markets to cultivating Toronto’s art culture, Artscape Wychwood Barns is a step in the right direction for eco-friendly venues! After all, they are one of the first designated heritage sites in the Canada to receive an LEED Gold Canada Certification. So, enjoy 7, 680 square foot of geothermal heated, storm water-harvested, and energy-efficient lighted space when you’re hosting an initiate affair here, to say the least.
Located on the third floor of the Thornton-Smith Building, the Aperture Room is one of the many popular heritage properties in downtown Toronto for events. Originally built in 1922, this industrial-chic venue has gone through many up-to-date renovations over the years, which include eco-friendly installations. Its green practices today are energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly LED lighting and built-in AV equipment.
Although Kortright Eventspace loves hosting intimate affairs and special events, they primarily operate as an educational program facility and workshop for sustainable practices and technology. They have over 50 educational programs, 30 different sustainable technology workshops, and multiple on-site nature and species preservation centers on-site! You can certainly count on having your event be as green as possible with their guidance, especially since they have their own recycling program. So, whether you’re agreeing to your nuptials under a canopy of trees, or hosting your reception on their endless land of green, you’re in for an unique environmental educational experience!
Toronto Botanical Garden‘s green team initiative has completely transformed their venue’s sustainability practices over the years. They’ve made sure to reduce their ecological footprint tenfold through emphasizing proper waste stations, energy conservation lights, and electronic event registrations. They’ve also strongly encourage event participants to bring their own water-bottles or ceramic mugs, and only including caterers serving local seasonal foods. Sustainability isn’t a joke over at Toronto Botanical Gardens!
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As a community cultural hub in Toronto, Daniels Spectrum‘s eco-friendly awareness meter is pretty high. Besides being fully accessible by Ontario standards, they are 100% LEED Silver TM certified; they have a green roof with native plant species, bicycle parking, low-VOC paint, carpeting and cabinetry, high-efficiency HVAC systems without hydro-fluorocarbons, storm water treatment systems, and controllable lights and thermostats to name a few. Pretty cool, if you ask us!
Being a part of Ontario’s leading Waste Diversion Management and Environmental Showcase Facility, Exhibition Place, Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex is busily involved in numerous environmental sustainability programs and practices. These programs and practices include installing 200 LED fixtures in the Artifacts, Renaissance and Centennial rooms, and adhering to strict reuse, reduce and recycle rules of their own recycling program. We love how proactive they are about the environment!