Governor Brown Honors LACC with Leadership Award

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    POSTED February 21, 2018

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) recently received the 2017 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for its waste reduction efforts.

LACC was honored by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. with the GEELA on January 17, 2018, at the California Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters in Sacramento.

“This year’s GEELA recipients are demonstrating exceptional leadership in addressing some of our most significant environmental challenges,” said Matthew Rodriquez, California secretary for environmental protection. “Whether it’s fighting climate change, conserving our water supplies or reducing waste, they inspire us with their creative and collaborative approaches. Their success expands our view of what is possible. Collectively, they are proving that a healthy environment is inextricably linked with a vibrant economy.”

Established in 1993, GEELA is awarded to individuals and organizations that conserve California’s resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the state’s economy.

“Building a sustainable future means taking aggressive steps to improve energy efficiency in our built environment — and we’re setting a strong example with our convention center,” said Eric Garcetti, mayor. “We have taken exceptional strides under AEG Facilities’ management, and I’m proud to celebrate this success.”

“Sustainability and energy efficiency are core values at AEG Facilities,” says Brad Gessner, senior vice president and general manager at the LACC. “At the Los Angeles Convention Center, we have adopted the strategies of AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s program established to reduce the company’s environmental impact, and constantly strive to be innovative and reach new goals to better our environmental impact in the city of Los Angeles and the greater state of California.”

AEG Facilities, a stand-alone division of AEG, and its affiliates owns, operates or consults with more than 120 of the industry’s venues providing venue management, as well as specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing.

The San Francisco Marriott Marquis took a head start on its resolution to create a cleaner community when the downtown hotel launched its “Own Our Block” beautification program on December 4, 2017.

“Our grassroots effort has improved the look of our community,” said Chuck Pacioni, general manager. “Hotel colleagues are proud to support this ongoing, seven-day-a-week program.”


Managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts and The Marcus Corporation, The Murieta Inn and Spa made its public debut. Nestled between the rolling hills of Rancho Murieta and the panoramic Sierra Nevada’s, just 25 miles southeast of downtown Sacramento, the newly structured four-story spa offers a luxury boutique hotel, a relaxing pool area, full-service spa and salon, and 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space.


The completed $9 million expansion of San Diego Marriott Mission Valley recently opened its doors again an upgraded wedding and events lawn, stunning new fire feature, decorative fencing, a completely new meeting space, a lobby bar, and the first signature M Club Lounge in San Diego. Adaptable from morning until night, the reimagined restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, and a communal space for more social and interaction and business.