The Los Angeles Convention Center, managed by AEG Facilities, placed 2nd in the Water Management Category at the Los Angeles Department Water and Power 2017 Sustainability Awards. The Sustainability Awards event was held on April 6, 2017, at the La Kretz Innovation Campus in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District and recognized high-level commitment to environmental sustainability and honored LADWP large non-residential customers who completed major efficiency and conservation projects.
The LACC was recognized for the toilet retrofit project where more than 700 toilets were replaced with modern low-flush toilets, reducing gallons per flush (GPF) from 1.6 GPF to 1.28 GPF and waterless urinals were installed in the venue’s South Hall. This project is forecasted to reduce water consumption by 20 percent -25 percent annually.
“I applaud all our customers who are going to tremendous lengths to become more sustainable. Public solutions are critical to fighting climate change, equally important are the voluntary steps taken by the private sector that have a direct positive effect and show by example how the sustainable practices can work for businesses of all sizes. With the SAP Awards, we highlight some of the City’s largest water and power customers who have gone to tremendous lengths to contribute to a greener, more sustainable City of Los Angeles,” said David H. Wright LADWP general manager.
The LACC implements new technologies and operational best practices that reduce the facility’s energy, waste, and water usage. Further notable projects contributing to LACC’s water conservation practices include the removal of 30,000 sq. ft. of lawn and replacing it with drought tolerant vegetation, adjustment of irrigation practices, replacement of 80 percent of sprinklers, and improvement of facility maintenance to eliminate leaks.
“Californians have just experienced the worst drought in recent history so increasing water efficiency is a must. We are honored to be recognized by LADWP and continue to expand our sustainable efforts,” noted Brad Gessner, general manager of the Los Angeles Convention Center and Senior Vice President of AEG Facilities.
About the Los Angeles Convention Center
The Los Angeles Convention Center is renowned internationally as a prime site for conventions, trade shows, and exhibitions. 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; based on historical averages the total economic impact based on direct and indirect spending is $548 million annually, generating and sustaining over 5,900 local jobs. The LACC also remains an enduring symbol of environmental sustainability and social responsibility, and is proud to be a LEED Gold certified facility; the venue was recertified on the Gold level in 2015 making the LACC the largest convention center in the U.S. to receive LEED® EB:O+M Gold recertification. For more information, please visit lacclink.com.
About AEG Facilities
AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports and live entertainment company in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone division of AEG, and its affiliates owns, operates or consults with more than 120 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, providing complete venue management, as well as specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing. AEG Facilities also provides resources and access to other AEG-affiliated entities, including AEG Live, one of the largest live music companies in the world, AEG Global Partnerships and AEG Real Estate, as well as such industry leading programs as AEG 1Earth and AEG Encore to support the success of its venues across the globe. The Los Angeles-based organization owns, operates or provides services to the world’s most elite venues, including STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles, CA), StubHub Center (Carson, CA), Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO.), Valley View Casino Center (San Diego, CA), KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, KY.), AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Barclays Arena (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum (Oakland, CA), CONSOL Energy Center (Pittsburgh, PA), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), MasterCard Center (Beijing, China), The O2 Arena (London, England), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Berlin, Germany), Barclaycard Arena (Hamburg, Germany), AccorHotels Arena (Paris, France), SSE Hydro (Glasgow, UK), Qudos Bank Arena (Sydney, Australia), Perth Arena (Perth, Australia), Ericsson Globe Arena (Stockholm, Sweden), Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), Hawaii Convention Center (Honolulu, HI), Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (Brisbane, Australia), International Convention Centre (Sydney, Australia) and the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center (Muscat, Oman). For more information, please visit aegworldwide.com.