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Environmental Sustainability


The LACC strives to reduce our environmental impact while providing a positive experience to our clients and their guests. We do so by installing new technologies and implementing operational best practices to reduce our energy and water usage,   as well as the amount of waste we generate. The LACC also works to educate our clients, guests, and staff about environmental issues and encourages them to engage in sustainable practices. Our commitment to environmental stewardship has been recognized by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Green Building Council. We are honored to be a LEED® Gold certified facility; we were 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!

Green Initiatives

Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy


  • The LACC is 36% more efficient than the median building in the Entertainment Building use category
  • Solar generation plants, which feed renewable energy back to the local grid
  • Energy-efficient lighting, including LED and CFL technology
  • Saving Power Energy Management System, which manages and reduces energy consumption throughout the building
  • A “cool roof” and light defusing windows, which reflect sunlight and heat away from the building
  • Upgraded exhibit hall doors, which prevent air conditioning from leaking into unused areas
  • Low NOx and CO2 emission steam boilers
  • We turn off non-essential lighting, escalators, and HVAC in unoccupied areas of the building


  • 710 toilets replaced with low GPF units; water consumption for toilet use is forecasted to decrease by 20-25% annually
  • Replaced 30,000 sq. ft. of turf with drought-tolerant landscaping, saving 320,000 gallons of water per year
  • Replaced 80% of sprinklers with leak-preventing models
  • Overall reduction in water use by 15% when compared to 2013
  • Water-efficient kitchen dishwashers, which save close to 630,000 gallons of water annually
  • Partnered with Korean Youth & Community Center, who are part of Green LA, and collectively reused approximately 4,500 gallons of water following the SCVA Volleyball Competition 
  • Chemical-free water treatment technology

Waste and Recycling

  • 72% overall waste diversion rate for 2015
  • Recycling of glass, plastic, paper, aluminum, pallets, scrap metal/steel, toner/ink cartridges, wood, cardboard, and more
  • Ongoing Construction & Demolition (C&D) waste diversion program has diverted more than 1,000,000 pounds of waste from the landfill between September 2014-September 2015
    • The LACC won USGBC LA’s Sustainable Innovation Award (2015) in the Materials & Resources Category
  • Recycling of cooking oil, which is converted into biodiesel
  • Composting of food and landscape waste
  • Bullet – Water-saving irrigation system

Responsible Purchasing

  • Sustainable purchases accounted for over 80% of all ongoing consumables
  • Local, small business partners for on-site dining
  • Local and organic food
  • 100% free-range, hormone-free, grass-fed beef, turkey, pork, and chicken
  • Increasing the use of china/glass/silverware to reduce single-use disposable items
  • 100% cage-free eggs
  • Liquid dairy is rBGH free
  • Green cleaning products at the LACC
  • The LACC replaced a total of 1,670 paper towel, toilet, and soap dispensers with more efficient models

Education and Communication

  • Employee Green Team, which creates a forum for employees to get involved in environmental issues at the LACC
  • Environmental education events, including Earth Hour, Earth Day, and America Recycles Day
  • Environmental tips are posted regularly on social media & the facility collaborates with stakeholders in the community to promote best-practices 


  • The LACC encourages employees to reduce their carbon footprint; a 44% reduction in conventional commute trips was recorded based on a survey distributed to all employees
  • Accessible by Metro Expo Line, Red Line, and Purple Line, as well as several bus lines
  • Public transportation subsidized for employees and encouraged for guests
  • Employee bicycle ridership program and necessary facilities (e.g., bike racks, showers)


AEG1EarthLogo_1.6.jpgLACC is proud to participate in AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s corporate sustainability program. The AEG 1EARTH mission is to reduce the company’s environmental impact and drive business value through sustainability. Through AEG 1EARTH, AEG identifies goals to guide company decision-making, measures and quantifies the environmental impact of its activities, and develops strategies and tools to improve the company’s overall environmental performance. In 2010, AEG established a set of eight specific performance goals for 2020 across five areas: Energy and Climate, Water, Waste and Recycling, Responsible Purchasing, and Education and Communication. To measure progress towards these goals, AEG uses its Ecometrics environmental performance tracking system to capture up to 86 monthly data points from each venue. In addition to tracking and reducing its environmental impact, AEG also works to educate and engage guests and employees in environmental issues through messaging in-venue messaging, social media, websites, and events. For more information on the AEG 1EARTH program and the company’s progress toward its 2020 goals, check out AEG’s 2014 Sustainability Report.

Green Tip of the Week 

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