Our Commitment to Social Initiatives
At the Shaw Centre, we are committed to the betterment of our community.
Working Toward a Greener And More Equitable World
Our approach to responsibility is two-fold: mandate sound environmental practices from the beginning of every project, and thoughtful strategies, including charitable activities, to ensure the repurposing of useable resources.
We are committed to a healthier planet.
The Shaw Centre offers businesses, visitors, and staff an ecologically conscious space to gather. The Board of Directors are devoted to doing what is best for the planet’s future.
We are proud to confirm that the Shaw Centre was awarded a LEED Gold Certification in 2013. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is North America’s leading third-party green building rating system. A LEED certification recognizes our facility’s enhanced efficiency and low carbon emissions.
The Shaw Centre’s construction incorporated regionally manufactured or recycled materials to contribute to the local economy and mitigate emissions associated with transportation. Finishings, such as carpets, millwork, and paints, are low in volatile organic compounds.
Air is preheated in the winter as it enters the building to reduce energy costs. We installed a high-reflective roof to minimize how the “heat island” effect can increase temperatures in urban settings and impact climate and wildlife.
Our low-flow plumbing reduces water consumption and minimizes impacts on water and sewage treatment plants. A cistern system is in place to gather recycled stormwater for toilet use and irrigation.
We maintain a comprehensive waste management program with advanced collection and sorting methods. Our advanced green housekeeping and maintenance regime contributes to the healthy operation of our facility – enhancing the experience of all guests, exhibitors, and employees.
The Shaw Centre Cares and Shares
We support our community and encourage those who gather here to join us. We maintain three flexible corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs that enable our clients to have a positive impact without a demanding time commitment. We’re happy to help identify the CSR initiative best aligned with your organization’s values and objectives.
Mealshare is a national non-profit organization that strives to provide children across Canada with healthy meals. Managing partners Andrew Hall and Jeremy Bryant started Mealshare in 2013 with the long-term goal of ending youth hunger within our lifetime.
We are pleased to extend the opportunity for you to partner with this incredible organization in the fight to end youth hunger in the form of a one-time donation made at your discretion.
As a token of our appreciation, we will create marketing collateral for your event, announcing the exact number of meals that your company’s generous donation has provided on behalf of your guests via Mealshare.
Shaw Centre is an active participant in the Food Rescue program, an actionable program led by Second Harvest – Canada’s largest organization dedicated to preventing surplus food waste. Leftover food at the Shaw Centre is collected and then donated to people in need in our community via the Ottawa Mission.
Our responsibility is to ensure we properly donate edible food safely and sustainably. The Food Rescue program allows us to support individuals within our community, quantifies our overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and measures portions for future events.
Leave a Legacy
Our guests are encouraged to donate leftover goods to the local Ottawa community with volunteer assistance from Shaw Centre partners. The Leave a Legacy program is a flexible and easy way for our guests to make an impact after their event.
Our team identifies opportunities to donate anything left over, whether non-perishable food, obsolete marketing collateral, promotional items, furniture, displays, carpets, or anything else. We’ll look after all the arrangements to ensure your donations go where they matter most.