MECC Media release:

World first environmental rating for Melbourne’s new Convention Centre

WNIM_mecc.jpg The new Melbourne Convention Centre has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star environmental rating, the first in the world for a convention centre.

NOTE: The School of Thinking will be hosting the WORLD THINKING CONGRESS 2010 at this exciting new venue from August 16-18, 2010.

images.jpeg Opening for business in 2009, the new centre is the centrepiece of a $1.4 billion development project in South Wharf, central Melbourne. A 6 Star Green Star rating stands out as setting new global standards for a convention centre.

Victorian Premier John Brumby says the design of the new Melbourne Convention Centre was put through a rigorous process to achieve a 6 Star Green Star rating and has set a new global standard for convention centres: “The Convention Centre will not only be a landmark building in Melbourne’s developing landscape, but this new level of sustainability will be a major drawcard for convention organisers in an increasingly environmentally conscious world climate.”

Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre chief executive Leigh Harry says the end result will create a whole new experience for delegates attending conferences: “Delegates will literally breathe easier. Cool air will be released at a lower level of the building, not second hand air which is traditionally pumped through the ceiling of large buildings.”

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