Our Commitment to Sustainability

The Donald Gordon Hotel and Conference Centre supports the Housing and Ancillary Services commitment to building and operating a healthy and sustainable community. We are committed through collaboration and innovation to sustainable best practices, guided by the Housing and Ancillary Services Framework and the Queen’s Climate Action Plan that aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals.




The Donald Gordon Hotel and Conference Centre is proudly designated a Fair Trade Workplace.  This designation recognizes our support of fairer conditions and better prices for people in the Global South who grow and make our products.  Buying Fair Trade gives farmers and workers more power to create a better life for themselves and their communities and enjoy sustainable livelihoods.  

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Waste Less

All non-perishable and unspoiled perishable food is donated. We redirect all unspoiled food from landfills to our neighbours in need. We appreciate your support of the local community and reducing our environmental impact.

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Green Key Global

The Donald Gordon Centre has shown national industry leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through wide-ranging policies and practices. The hotel has mature programs in place that involve management, employees, guests, and the public, and which have shown substantial and measurable results.

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Bottled Water Free

Queen’s University has 190 drinking fountains and more than 35 bottle-fill stations located across campus. The installation of the bottle-fill stations supports the campus-wide ban on bottled water sales and distribution that took effect on September 1, 2012. This initiative has diverted an average of 98,000 plastic bottles annually.

Sustainable Seafood

The Donald Gordon Centre now serves 100% sustainable seafood after adopting a policy in February 2021 to source all seafood offered on campus, and events, from a recognized third-party sustainable-certified seafood supplier.

Our Commitment to 2SLGBTQ+ Communities

Positive Space Training

Our management team participated in Positive Space training. This program offers visibility and support to 2SLGBTQ+ communities.

Rainbow Registered

The Donald Gordon Hotel and Conference Centre is an accredited Rainbow Registered organization recognized by Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce for meeting a stringent set of standards to ensure diverse and inclusive practices that support a safe and welcoming environment.

Proud Certified 

Proud Certified, part of Travel Proud - the LGBTQ+ Inclusive travel program from
We're committed to offering inclusive hospitality for out LGBTQ+ guests, so we've completed training to become Proud Certified.

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IACC Green Star Certified

IACC has a rigorous Code of Sustainability which includes 60 tenets in the following areas: Education, Awareness and Public Declaration, Waste Management, Recycling, Water Conservation, Energy Management, Air Quality, Food & Beverage.  The Donald Gordon Conference Centre proudly supports IACC’s Environmental Policy and joins with other members in striving for more sustainable, environmentally responsible industry policies and practices.

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