Los Angeles Convention Center Goes Dark for Earth Hour
Mar 26, 2015
Joining More Than 40 AEG Facilities-Affiliated Venues in a Global Call to Action in Support of the Environment
Los Angeles, CA (March 26, 2015) On March 28th, 2015, the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) will join millions of people and organizations worldwide in “going dark” for World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour, an international event in support of the environment. From 8:30 to 9:30 PM, the LACC will turn off non-essential lights, primarily focusing on South and West towers as well as additional exterior lighting as a symbolic call to action to protect our planet. As part of a global Earth Hour campaign organized by AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s industry-leading corporate sustainability program, the LACC joins more than 40 AEG Facilities-affiliated venues in 33 cities, seven countries and four continents across the globe in celebrating its commitment to the environment.
The LACC is committed to reducing its environmental footprint by investing in sustainable products and technology; the facility holds the prestigious US Green Building Council’s LEED-EB GOLD Certification. To further raise awareness of the critical environmental challenges facing our world, the LACC will promote its participation in Earth Hour via social media, primarily through Facebook and Twitter as well as through its website, lacclink.com.
“We are thrilled to participate in Earth Hour for the 2nd year in a row here at the Los Angeles Convention Center,” notes Brad Gessner, AEG Facilities Senior Vice President and General Manager for the LACC. “It’s a great way for us to take advantage of our position in the community to raise awareness of environmental issues and inspire people to take action.”
Earth Hour is designed to show the power each one of us has to make a difference and demonstrate the collective strength of these small actions. Earth Hour started in just one city in 2007 and has spread to more than 7,000 cities covering all seven continents. The annual event takes place from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. across all time zones and includes countless global landmarks, from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the Empire State Building in New York to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
“AEG has many initiatives to engage our guests and employees in sustainability,” said John Marler, AEG’s Senior Director of Energy and Environment. “We place a strong emphasis on Earth Hour each year because it enables our very visible venues around the world to make a strong statement about the urgency of environmental issues.”
In 2010, AEG established a set of 2020 environmental performance goals across five issue areas, including energy and climate, water, waste, responsible purchasing, and education. In 2015, the company will release its fourth AEG 1EARTH Environmental Sustainability Report, which will provide an update on progress towards AEG’s 2020 goals and share stories of AEG’s involvement Earth Hour and other environmental events worldwide.
About the Los Angeles Convention Center
The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) is one of the most technologically advanced convention and exhibition centers in the world. Operated by AEG Facilities, the LACC attracts more than 2.5 million visitors annually and is renowned internationally as a prime site for conventions, trade shows and exhibitions. An integral economic component to the Southern California area, total sales from client secondary spending tops $1.1 billion annually, generating and sustaining over 12,000 local jobs. LACC is a model environmental-friendly facility, holding the prestigious US Green Building Council’s LEED-EB GOLD Certification. LACC is also a Bronze Level recipient of the California Award for Performance Excellence (CAPE), Eureka Award. For more information, please visit lacclink.com.
About AEG Facilities
AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports, entertainment and venue operator in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone affiliate of AEG, owns, operates or consults with more than 100 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 live event producer, AEG Live, AEG Global Partnerships, AEG Development, AEG 1Earth, AEG Encore and AEG Creative to support the success of AEG venues and events across the globe. For more information, please visit aegworldwide.com.
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