• Los Angeles Convention Center Launches Strawless Campaign and Water Saving Initiatives

     
    POSTED November 27, 2018
     

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) announced its straw ban during a sustainability presentation at the National League of Cities (NLC) City Summit on November 9, 2018.

The United States uses over 500 million plastic straws every day; most of which find their way into our oceans, polluting the water and ultimately killing marine life. The LACC, in partnership with in-house caterer Taste of LA by Levy Restaurants, has promised to cease the use of 250,000 straws annually to limit the detrimental and unnecessary impacts of straws on our oceans. Paper straws will be used only for blended coffee beverages until other solutions are accessible. Paper straws will also be available for those with ADA requirements.

LACC is renowned internationally as a prime site for conventions, trade shows, and exhibitions. Owned by the City of Los Angeles and professionally managed by AEG Facilities, the LACC attracts over 2.5 million visitors annually, creating potential for this initiative to make a positive, lasting and widespread impact on the future of the environment.

“One of the best ways to reduce our carbon footprint is by removing waste wherever possible,” said Matthew Brown, general manager of Taste of LA by Levy at the LACC. “Our goal has been to function 100 percent straw-free. One year ago, we eliminated straws from catering, which serves as 80 percent of our business; removing straws from our cafes and kiosks was the last piece of the puzzle.”

In August the facility also upgraded to water and energy efficient dishwashers, saving an estimated 1.3 million gallons of water annually. Last month the LACC started a project replacing 330 faucets in guest restrooms; 0.5 gallon per minute (GPM) faucets are being upgraded to 0.35 GPM units, which will save approximately 415,000 gallons of water annually.

“Environmental sustainability is embedded in the LACC’s culture and permeates every aspect of our day-to-day operations,” said Ellen Schwartz, general manager of the LACC. “It is exciting to continually launch new initiatives at events like NLC City Summit that impact communities all over the country.”

Persimmons are one of the stars of farmers markets in Southern California this time of year. So it’s fitting that Santa Monica, which has four celebrated weekly farmers markets, is commemorating the fruit during its annual Restaurant Week, which takes place January 7-13.

Chefs at the nearly three-dozen participating restaurants will be crafting special dishes built around the persimmon, from appetizers to main courses to desserts.

 

Colorado-based McWHINNEY recently purchased the Hyatt House Irvine/John Wayne Airport in Irvine, California. The hospitality-focused real estate developer and investor also owns The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block in downtown Denver, The Elizabeth Hotel in Fort Collins, AC Hotel Portland in Oregon and the Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel.

 

As of early November, Anaheim Marriott is the first hotel in California to win four Stella Awards. Andy Lakefish, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing, announced that Anaheim Marriott was recognized in the following categories: