As evaluators, we aim to create positive and lasting benefits from our conference – not only for the Canadian Evaluation Society and our 2017 conference participants but also for the businesses, people and places we encounter along the way.
The Sustainability Sub-Committee has been working with other members of the CES 2017 Conference Planning Committee to maximize our contributions toward environmental benefits, social development and green economy initiatives throughout our conference site and off-site activities.
These are some of the things CES Conference delegates can do to be part of the CES 2017 Conference Sustainability Initiative!
National and International Travel
From Vancouver International Airport to the Westin Bayshore Hotel
It’s a 7-20 minute Sky Train ride from the airport to Waterfront station (5:07am-12:56am). From Waterfront it’s about a 5 minute taxi ride or a 20 minute walk to the hotel.
Regional and Local Travel
If you are coming from Vancouver Island and don’t need your car at the conference, consider flying Harbour Air, a carbon neutral airline. Harbour Air builds emissions reductions into the ticket cost with an offset fee which is directed toward local and international project that benefit the environment and communities.
It’s about a 16 minute walk or 12 minute bus ride from the Harbour Air terminal to the hotel.
You can also walk or take a bus onto the ferry from any of the BC Ferries terminals and then take a local bus to the conference.
If you are driving within Metro Vancouver, connect with other local CES delegates in your area who might need a ride, through Ride-Share.
This year CES is offering delegate bags for purchase from Common Thread.
Common Thread is a social enterprise that upcycles retired street banners into conference bags while providing employment and coaching for newcomers to Canada, people living with mental illness and others who thrive in our flexible work environment.
If you need a conference bag, they are available with registration payment. They will also at be available at the conference registration desk.
Other ways to Reduce Waste
Conference Program – The 2017 Conference Program will be made available through a free mobile application compatible with all technological platforms as well as available in PDF for download. If you need a printed copy, they are available for $15.00.
Hotel Housekeeping – Get a $5 voucher for each night you decline housekeeping at participating food and beverage outlets or 500 Starpoints® through the Westin Bayshore’s Green Choice Program.
Explore by Foot/Bicycle – If you are staying at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, Stanley Park and nearby restaurants are within walking distance at 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can rent a bicycle to explore the park and seawall when you’re not attending conference events.
Guests of the Westin Bayshore can rent from the hotel, subject to availability. Others can rent a bike from Spokes Bicycle Rentals, one block from the hotel on Georgia Street.
Soiree in the Park – Join us on Monday night for a social evening at the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park, a 12 minute walk from the conference site. If you’re not able to walk, please let us know and we will assist you. See the map from Westin Bayshore to Vancouver Rowing Club