The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) has won the Governor Brown’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for its waste reduction efforts.
The venue is owned by the City of Los Angeles and managed by AEG Facilities, whose team picked up the award, 17 January, at the California Environmental Protection Agency HQ in Sacramento, California.
The LACC won the award for its sustainability programme and achievements in conserving natural resources. The initiatives recognised include 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.
The LACC is now 36% more energy efficient than the median building in Los Angeles and saves up to 950,000 gallons of water annually.
Established in 1993, GEELA is awarded to individuals, organisations and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions to conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing our 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 centre,” said mayor Eric Garcetti.
The LACC attracts over 2.5m visitors annually and sustains over 12,500 local jobs.