Last year, the CNE was certified under the Ecologo program, a widely recognized environmental standard.
Fair organizers and vendors take their responsibility to the environment very seriously, says Virginia Ludy, director of CNE operations.
“Everyone participates in our green initiatives here on the site. We're very fortunate that we're on a site like Exhibition Place where year-round, environmental initiatives are at the forefront.”
Some of the ways the CNE is striving to be the greenest fair in North America include:
Solar panels also feature prominently around the grounds -- on the roof of the horse pavilion, on golf carts, on the Midway games and even on garbage compactors.
“They really just help ... decrease the amount of electricity we have to pull off the grid, and it's a green form of energy,” says Ludy.