The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), owned by the City of Los Angeles and managed by AEG Facilities, was recently honored with the coveted Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for its waste reduction efforts.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. bestowed the award on January 17, 2018, at the California Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters in Sacramento, California. The LACC was acknowledged for its impressive work towards creating a sustainability program, and its work in conserving and protecting natural resources. The installation of a "cool roof" and light defusing windows to reflect sunlight and direct heat away from the building, new water-efficient kitchen dishwashers and the replacement of 30,000 square feet of turf with drought-tolerant landscaping are just a few of the projects that LACC has completed. With 36 percent more energy efficiency than the median building in Los Angeles and saving up to 950,000 gallons of water annually, LACC is showing the industry that being sustainable can be cost efficient as well.
"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."
The LACC gone above and beyond with its addition of sustainable practices and with management from AEG Facilities, the goal of decreasing its carbon footprint has been hugely successful. Five areas highlight the environmentally friendly practices the hotel has implemented: Energy and Climate, Water, Waste and Recycling, Responsible Purchasing, and Education and Communication. With exceptional results in conserving energy and water, increased waste diversions rates, and purchasing of in-house goods, people are starting to take notice.
California Secretary for Environmental Protection Matthew Rodriquez said, “This year’s GEELA recipients are demonstrating exceptional leadership in addressing some of our most significant environmental challenges. 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."
Mayor Eric Garcetti stated, “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. We have taken extraordinary strides under AEG Facilities’ management, and I’m proud to celebrate this success.”