• 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.”

Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.

 

Los Angeles had a record-breaking year for visitor spending and economic impact in 2018. With visitor spending up $1.2 billion since 2017 (5 percent increase) and economic impact up $1.7 billion (4.9 percent increase), this year was the eighth consecutive year of growth in visitation, spending and impact.

 

PCMA will be offering networking opportunities and education sessions for professionals at the 2019 EduCon on June 25-28 in Los Angeles. EduCon provides a more focused and practical approach to learning in smaller-scale, collaborative education sessions, allowing more than 800 business events professionals to network and learn more about the industry.