The Los Angeles Convention Center, owned by the City of Los Angeles and managed by AEG Facilities, was recently honored with the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge Innovation Award for its significant energy savings.
Recognized in the public buildings category as the “Walk the Walk Energy Award” recipient for achieving the most significant, ongoing energy savings and demonstrating innovative strategy, the LACC was honored at the fifth annual award ceremony on March 27 at The California Endowment in Los Angeles.
“The Convention Center isn’t just talking the talk; when it comes to sustainability, they’re walking the walk,” says David Hodgins, executive director of LABBC.
The LACC was acknowledged for its 2.21 megawatt solar panel array, bringing the facility’s total solar power to 2.58 megawatts, making it the nation’s largest array on a municipal convention center. Since April 2018, the array has generated more than 3.3 gigawatt hours (GWh) and reduced facility energy use by 11.4 percent.
“Mayor Eric Garcetti has set the goal of making Los Angeles the most sustainable city in the United States,” says Doane Liu, executive director for City of Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development. “We are proud that the Los Angeles Convention Center is committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner and is continuously seeking ways to reduce our environmental footprint and promote sustainable efforts within the tourism industry and with the millions of visitors to our great city.”
Other acclaimed LACC initiatives include the upgrade of more than 3,000 interior and exterior lights to LED lamps, saving over 1.5 million kilowatt hours annually and the installation of a 525,000-square-foot “cool roof” that reflects sunlight and heat away from the building.
The LACC team credits their success in sustainability to being innovative, leading by example and utilizing all resources.
“Clear goals and a 100 percent commitment drive the team’s formula for success which includes buy-in from all stakeholders,” says Estella Flores, interim vice president of operations for LACC. “As sustainability is ever growing and changing, we must embrace change and build the road to a sustainable future.”
Under the management of AEG Facilities and by employing AEG 1EARTH strategies, the LACC has elevated and expanded its sustainable practices with the goal of decreasing its carbon footprint across five areas: energy and climate; water; waste and recycling; responsible purchasing; and education and communication.
“We are honored to be recognized by LABBC for our energy conservation efforts,” LACC General Manager Ellen Schwartz adds. “This award is a perfect celebration of the one-year anniversary of the solar array project and all of its success.”
The Los Angeles Convention Center 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. The facility is an integral economic component to the Southern California area, generating economic benefits through attendee direct and indirect spending and sustaining over 12,500 local jobs. For more info, visit lacclink.com.