EarthCheck, run by environmental advocacy group EC3 Global, is the standard environmental best practice program used by convention centres, travel and tourism organisations around the world.
Gold Certification follows the Centre achieving five years of continuous silver certification and in the process significantly reducing its environment footprint.
During this period, the Centre became the first convention centre to use earthworms to recycle its organic waste, reduced its gas consumption by more than 8 per cent, reduced water consumption by 10.7 per cent and re-used or re-cycled 90 per cent of its exhibition waste.
The Adelaide Convention Centre is now one of the country’s greenest convention and meetings venues and among the world leaders in terms of sustainability.
Adelaide Convention Centre Chief Executive Alec Gilbert said attaining Gold Certification is a major milestone in the Centre’s long-term commitment to sustainability and the environment.
“We’ve created a culture within the organisation that empowers everyone to make a contribution,” said Mr Gilbert.
“This culture will be invaluable in maintaining our environmental credentials as the Centre’s capacity is nearly doubled following completion of the Centre’s $350 million expansion over the next 3 years.”