Last month while traveling back from Vancouver, I came across a fantastic article about one of my favorite “farmers” Nicolette Novak from The Good Earth. www.goodearthfoodandwine.com. You can’t get any greener than the Good Earth gang who has been hosting corporate and private groups for unforgettable culinary experiences for about a decade now and I was happy to read that Nicole was doing so well. Here in Toronto, we are so fortunate to have the bountiful green play area of the Niagara region just around the corner from us.
Curious to see what I could find in other regions, I reached out to some colleagues across the country to see what was new in Green Venues and Denise Bradbury, Director of Sales with the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax sent me this great tidbit:
Halifax has a unique new venue on the harbourfront that has a fabulous view of the ocean, 43,000 sq. ft. of flexible space, and an environmental conscience. Directly behind the Westin Nova Scotian and next door to Pier 21 in the Seaport District is the new Seaport Farmer’s Market. It has been labeled “one of the most eco-friendly buildings in the world”. The building is a state-of-the-art waterfront facility that has been completely designed with the environment in mind. The modern steel and glass interior is warmed up with the use of beautiful, exposed wood, all salvaged from trees that fell during Hurricane Juan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Juan). The building has a rain water catchment tank, geothermal wells, windmills, a living wall inside the market and a rooftop garden that cools the building. The roof is also a beautiful space for events. The garden, full of flowers attracting butterflies, was designed to make guests feel as though they are floating on the Halifax Harbour. Supporting local and sustainable initiatives is not a new concept but as we think of ways to reduce waste associated with meetings and events, holding an event in a green space is one way to give back. http://halifaxfarmersmarket.com/
Hope my “Free Idea” makes your Friday!
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