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GCCEC Achieves EarthCheck Gold Again & Sets Standard For Sustainable Events Management

GCCEC achieves EarthCheck Gold again and sets the standard for sustainable events management

Posted on 22 October, 2014

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has become the first EarthCheck Certified member to be verified against the EarthCheck Responsible Meetings and Events Standard, after being the first convention centre in the world to achieve EarthCheck Gold Certification.

The GCCEC recently attained the new qualifications in addition to obtaining EarthCheck Gold Certification for a second consecutive year.

EarthCheck Responsible Meetings and Events Standard is aligned to the international standard ISO 20121:2012 “Event Sustainability Management System”. As a second party verified venue, the new credentials further highlight the GCCEC’s transparent commitment to delivering sustainable excellence in the meeting and events industry.

The standard helps venues such as the GCCEC offer event organisers, clients and suppliers an already operational and exceptionally effective framework to measure, minimise and eliminate the environmental, social and economic impacts of events.

The standard applies to a broad range of events, both large and small worldwide giving event organisers in the MICE space extra reassurance that the GCCEC’s Event Sustainability Management System is not only compliant but places the Centre as a leader in the worldwide group of sustainable venues and operators recognised by EarthCheck.

Since inception, the GCCEC has embraced environmentally-friendly practices before formally aligning with EarthCheck in 2008. The organisation is widely regarded as the world’s most scientifically rigorous environmental management program, designed specifically for the travel and tourism industry.

The rigorous independent certification process poignantly showcases the Centre’s outstanding operational practices. GCCEC General Manager, Adrienne Readings believes the recognition holds great merit given that “we are benchmarked across like properties internationally and assessed against industry best practice in energy and water consumption, total waste production, and community commitment”. 

“The integrity of our organisations commitment is independently proven each and every year.

“The process allows us to critically assess our own efficiency and performance against the travel and tourism’s best operators. To be recertified EarthCheck Gold after becoming the first convention centre in the world to achieve this last year, is unquestionably a great testament to GCCEC’s sustainable approach to business practices. 

“EarthCheck Responsible Meeting and Events is an extension of our existing framework that we as a business are particularly excited about given that the standard is dedicated to the meetings and events industry which is our core market and happens to be one of the largest progressive sectors within the Asia-Pacific region,” added Readings. 

Corporate Social Responsibility is at GCCEC core with key business decisions reflecting a culture that is demonstrative of managing activities and events as sustainably as possible.

Last year, Adrienne Readings spearheaded a power usage policy that called on event organisers to minimise energy consumption during off –peak periods with the use of time sensitive power switchboards. The policy not only reduced unnecessary consumption but also provided cost saving implications for associated event organisers, exhibition and event services and independent exhibition stand occupiers who exhibit at trade shows and events. 

The EarthCheck program is trusted by more than 1300 organisations in over 70 countries.


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What Our Clients Say

I have conducted two major formal dinners at GCCEC for approx 700 people each time, the more recent of these being held in March 2015. I am completely satisfied with all aspects of working with GCCEC and their performance in presenting our function. They were completely professional and were willing to do things exactly the way I wanted them done, even meeting some unusual requirements. When I requested to make layout changes only hours before the dinner the request was accommodated immediately and with professional ease. The dinner was an alternate drop three course full service meal with drinks package, and it was without a doubt the best formal dinner I have ever attended. I have managed many similar dinners in the past but this dinner achieved by far the best result, it was the easiest to organise and to then manage on the night. Our GCCEC functions manager was a competent and willing professional who achieved an absolutely flawless event. I am still trying to understand how the catering staff were able to prepare almost 700 perfectly cooked and presented meals and get them to the tables whilst still hot. An excellent event perfectly presented by cheerful and competent professional staff.

Bruce Schmidtchen
Chairman, 5RAR Assoc Inc 50th Anniversary Reunion Committee

We have held our major event, the Conference of Major Superannuation Funds (CMSF), at the GCCEC on six occasions since it opened in 2004. Through holding our event at the GCCEC we have established a terrific relationship with the venue. Each and every staff member works tirelessly to ensure that our event is run to the highest calibre. Any task, no matter how little or large is undertaken to ensure our expectations are met and our event is delivered successfully.

AIST Events Team

It’s the small things that make such a big difference. My organisation has held its conference annually at GCCEC since 2008, during which I’ve experienced unparalleled service. I continue to be amazed by the dedication, friendliness and professionalism of all staff – be it sales and event management to back of house and floor staff. They know my event inside and out, making the experience seamless. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every conference I’ve held here!

Marika MacKenzie
Communications Manager, Optometry Queensland Northern Territory

You guys did it again! It is such a pleasure to work with a dedicated, proactive and friendly team. Your can-do attitude, your attention to detail and your willingness to try something new all help to make our lives easier and to keep our event fresh and interesting. Once again, the food was superb and the level of service provided by everyone at the centre was exceptional.

Julie Hood
Director Events Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association

There is no doubt that next time we need to be ‘creative’ on the Gold Coast; the GCCEC is the only venue we’d choose. No matter how difficult or unusual our demands prior to the event, nothing proved impossible for you and during the conference your professionalism and attention to detail ensured that everything ran without a hitch enabling us to focus properly on the job in hand. Last, but not least, the catering was superb!

Greg O’Neil
General Manager - Rural Merchandise CRT Rural Supplies