Raising the bar on sustainability in the US, AEG Facilities recently received the 10th annual Los Angeles County Green Leadership Award for its ‘Next Level Sustainability’ campaign at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC).
AEG Facilities was honoured in the business/private sector category at the county of LA board of supervisors meeting in the week that followed Earth Day on 22 April.
This award is the second sustainability recognition the venue operator has received in 2018 for managing the LACC, following the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) in January.
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, chair of the board of supervisors said the awards honour commitment to environmental sustainability.
The “Next Level Sustainability” programme was established to reduce the LACC’s carbon footprint and expand the LACC’s sustainable practices across five areas: waste/recycling; energy/climate; water; purchasing; and education/communication.
Highlights among the 30-plus environmentally friendly practices and procedures that were implemented include:
- Diverting £7.3m (US$10.2m) of construction and demolition waste from the landfill by educating event management, exhibitors and contractors on more sustainable practices
- Replacing 2,146 LED lamps in all exhibit halls that is projected to save 1m kW hours annually
- Replacing 2,787sqm of turf was replaced with drought-tolerant landscaping, saving an estimated 320,000 gallons of water per year
- Executing sustainable product purchasing that now accounts for 80% of all ongoing consumables
“We hope to share our achievements with the community as a means of motivation and encouragement to keep working hard towards environmental protection and sustainability,” said Brad Gessner, senior vice-president and general manager at the LACC.
Pictured: (left to right) Greg Rosicky, VP of operations; supervisor Sheila Kuehl, LA county chair of the board of supervisors; Estella Flores, director of facility operations; Clemmie Taylor, Building Superintendent; Gary Gero, LA county chief sustainability officer.
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