Conferencing & Events
Sustainability

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 status, a highlight in our efforts for a more sustainable future.  Find out more from Green Tourism's blog.

Efficiency

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.

Find out more about the IIOA Conference.

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

Travel

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

Catering

Our accreditations recognise the ethical, sustainable and healthy options in our menus, sourcing local, seasonal produce where possible. These include Soil Association Food for Life standard, Red Tractor certification and Fair Trade certification.

We're working hard to reduce food waste with improved stock management and rotation systems and procedures. Real cutlery and crockery are provided at each serving of food and drink, to reduce single-use-plastic waste. Our onsite water bottling system brings you the best quality water from the most local source, eliminating the need for costly and polluting transportation and packaging.

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

Biodiversity

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