Sustainability

Zurich Walks the Sustainability Talk 

Are you looking for a smart destination that walks the sustainability talk for your next association meeting? Then why don’t you consider Zurich?

Zurich was ranked #1 in last year’s Arcadis Sustainable Cities Ranking, #2 in the latest Mercer Quality of Living Ranking and #3 in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS).

The city is also home to one of the world’s leading technical universities – ETH Zürich, currently #8 in the QS World University Rankings (2016) – and is an inspiring hub for innovation in science and biotech, as well as for start-ups. No wonder that Google, IBM and many others have chosen this city as their second home.

It all started in 2008, when the people of Zurich voted in favor of a 2000-watt society and thus the sustainable development of their city. This ambitious long-term goal is now part of the municipal code and Zurich is working hard to reduce its energy consumption and annual CO2 emissions, as well as to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

A wide variety of eco-friendly projects have been set up by both public and private initiatives, and the tourism sector and local hotel industry are also investing heavily in sustainability initiatives – from waste reduction and the use of fresh, local produce to incentive programs for eco-friendly meetings. This shared vision is the most effective way to become a smart destination.

Zurich is not only ecologically smart, but also strong in terms of social performance, supplier performance and convention bureau performance (for more information visit www.gds-index.com). What does this mean for your event? Zurich is safe, Zurich is clean, Zurich is efficient. The proximity of reliable urban infrastructure and refreshing natural surroundings makes a business event a professional but relaxed experience.

Zurich is a convenient and cost-effective destination. For example, did you know that you can reach Zurich airport within 10 minutes using public transport? Or that 98% of the city’s hotels are easily accessible (within 30 minutes) by public transport from the convention and exhibition centers?

Zürich Tourism – which is certified as a sustainable enterprise (ISO) – and its partners take social and environmental responsibility seriously, and will ensure that your event does the same.

For more information about sustainable meeting planning, please contact the Convention Bureau team at Zürich Tourism: congress@zuerich.com / meeting.zuerich.com
For more information on Switzerland as a meetings destination: contact Myriam Winnepenninckx, Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau, T. +32 (0)2 345 83, myriam.winnepenninckx@switzerland.com, www.MySwitzerland.com/meetings
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