Sustainability doesn’t always have to be hard for hotels. It can sometimes be soft. And we mean that literally. When the Best Western Avita Suites wanted to find homes for 200 of their gently used pillows and cases they were replacing, they reached out to Discover Torrance for assistance. The CVB tapped into the community—Old Torrance Neighborhood and the Rotary Club of Torrance Del Amo – to help get the word out.  The pillows were distributed to the Union Rescue Mission in Downtown Los Angeles, a family of eight, homeless outreach programs, animal shelters and hospitals, Camp Pendleton, and Seaside Community United Church of Christ whose women’s group is supporting Little Dresses for Africa in making pillowcase dresses.  

Shown here is Adam Kaemerle, a 15-year-old freshman and football player at Bishop Montgomery High School who helped with the pillow distribution. 

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), which is a LEED® Gold certified facility, marked Earth Day 2022 by announcing a ban on single-use plastic bottles throughout the facility.  

Levy Restaurants, the LACC’s exclusive food and beverage partner, has replaced single-use plastic bottles with aluminum bottles in cafés and catering operations. Beverages sold in the Center’s vending machines have followed suit.

 

This year’s Oscars broke new ground, and, no, we’re not talking about the slap heard round the world. Some six months after it opened in September 2021, the Academy of Motion Pictures hosted the inaugural Oscars Night at the Museum. More than 1,000 guests attended the sold-out Oscars viewing part, beginning with a walk down the red carpet in their own version of pre-show glamour. 

 

After a four-year, $105 million renovation, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is reopening its La Jolla location. Featuring a world-class contemporary art collection and some of the region’s most spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the expanded La Jolla campus will offer enlarged galleries, an art park and, in very good news for event planners, several spaces available to rent for private events. 

The spaces include: