Conferencing & Events
Our green story

We're dedicated to making the events, facilities and service in the Technology and Innovation Centre as sustainable as possible. We want to work with our clients, visitors and staff to encourage everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Take a look at our Green Policy and Visitor Charter.  You may find the Go Greener in Glasgow top tips useful to plan for a greener visit.

Check out the University's commitment to delivering net zero and promoting sustainability.

We're very proud of achieving Green Tourism Gold and Green Meetings Gold Awards, highlighting our efforts for a more sustainable future.  Find out more from Green Tourism's blog.


The Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) benefits from an innovative Combined Heat and Power District Energy Scheme, allowing the University to generate up to 50% of its electricity on campus and use the resultant heat in campus buildings.

Throughout TIC, you'll find recycling bins, energy-efficient taps and hand driers to reduce waste. We encourage you to consider ways to reduce waste at your event, thinking of alternative methods to provide information to delegates, and taking your exhibition and materials away with you to use again at your next event.

Exterior of the Technology & Innovation Centre

Making events greener

The International Input-Output Association (IIOA) Conference was keen to work with TIC to make their event as green as possible particularly around the catering elements, so bespoke vegetarian only menus were specially created. The Operations Team also recommended a company which coordinated all exhibition materials so only one delivery to TIC was required, helping reduce emissions.

Glasgow Convention Bureau would like to give a helping hand to conference organisers who wish to organise a sustainable conference in our city.  The online toolkit identifies some of the leading sustainable businesses across the city, making it easier for you to choose the services you need to run a more sustainable conference.  The Go Greener Guide pulls together a range of ideas and suggestions to encourage sustainable conference planning and delivery.

Conference delegates standing with pop-ups, smiling at the camera


TIC is located in Glasgow city centre, within walking distance of bus, rail and underground stations, so we encourage you to travel using public transport. We're also close to cycle routes throughout the city, with plenty of bike racks across our Cycling Scotland Cycle Friendly campus. You can also hire a Next Bike, with racks located opposite TIC.

The Glasgow Convention Bureau has information and resources on travelling to Glasgow, getting around the city and accommodation.

Find out more about travel.

cyclists cycling through a park


We're committed to ensuring that the processes by which our food and drink are sourced, procured, served, and disposed of are conducted in an environmentally, socially, and economically responsible manner.

We have implemented a plant-forward approach, with menus which emphasise and celebrate - but are not limited to - plant-based foods. Plant-forward menu development reflects evidence-based principles of health and sustainability.

We leverage globally inspired culinary strategies to support innovation around healthy, delicious cooking that rebalances ratios between foods from animal and plant sources. We try to create well-balanced veg-centric dishes with a focus on whole, minimally processed foods which are rich in nutrients, to promote positive wellbeing.

Find out more about our catering services.

Delegates helping themselves to a buffet in Level 2 Foyer of the Technology and Innovation Centre.  Photo: Lucy Knott


The University of Strathclyde is committed to maintaining and exceeding the city-wide standard of biodiversity through campus development, engagement and policy.  The Grounds Team have enhanced biodiversity through the introduction of wildflower meadows, planting new trees and installing bird boxes on campus.  Staff, students and visitors are encouraged to engage with nature through the community garden and various walking and cycling groups.

Find out more about biodiversity.

A group of people gardening in the University of Strathclyde Community Garden

Dear Green Place

Conference delegates can enjoy the opportunity to explore the campus and wider city.  Walking routes will take them through beautiful gardens and past interesting landmarks, with outdoor spaces to sit and relax.

Glasgow offers many historic and fascinating streets and trails, as well as walking tours and leisure activities.  Parks and green spaces give delegates a place to unwind after a busy day at conference.

Find out more about activities in Glasgow.

Rottenrow gardens