MCEC appoints new sustainability manager

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has appointed Samantha Ferrier as sustainability manager.

“Sam’s brief is simple – to seek out best practice in green, eco-friendly options and make it easier and more cost-effective for both customers to incorporate eco-friendly practices into their events,” MCEC Chief Executive Peter King.

“Sustainability is something that Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre takes seriously and while the industry as a whole has a long way to go, we’re constantly researching and trialling innovative ways that we can reduce our impact on the environment.”

Ferrier said she is excited to have joined a venue which has already implemented so many environmental wins that will have significant flow-on benefits.

“After a rigorous selection process, we recently appointed Melbourne’s Cirrus Fine Coffee – the first Australian coffee company to be 100 per cent carbon offset from tree to cup – as our official supplier,” she said.

“Coffee is a big deal in this city, so we wanted a partner whose product is top notch and also shares our passion for caring for the planet.

“As part of its commitment to sustainability, Cirrus accepts all of its packaging back to be recycled through its established recycling channels, leaving zero waste for its customers.

“We have installed 36 permanent Food Cubes on our courtyard that will become an event focal point. Each cube can grow 25kg of produce and will be used to grow herbs and other food for Goldfields Café & Bar.”