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 first convention center of its size in the U.S. to receive LEED® EB:O+M Gold recertification!
Energy Conservation & Renewable Energy
- 2.21 megawatt solar array; total solar is now 2.58 megawatts, the largest solar array on a municipally owned convention center in the United States. See our current stats here.
- LED lighting retrofit project replaced 2,146 LED lamps in all exhibit halls, estimating over one million kilowatt hours saved annually
- Installed CO2 sensors in parking garages that will save 2 million Kilowatt Hours and $200,000 annually
- Our “cool roof” and light defusing windows reflect sunlight and heat away from the building
- (12) Level 2 EV chargers installed in South and West Parking Garages
- 80% of sprinklers have been replaced with more efficient, leak-preventing models.
- Implemented an irrigation zoning plan to cut water waste; in some zones total irrigation time (in minutes) has decreased by more than 50%
- Upgraded toilets and urinals
- Replaced 710 toilets throughout the facility with low gallon-per-flush models reducing water consumption for toilet use is projected to decrease by 20-25%.
- Replaced 30,000 sq. ft. of turf around the facility with drought-tolerant landscaping; estimated water conservation of 320,000 gallons/per year.
- Installed 0.5 GPM water misers and aerators to 360 faucets.
- Installation of water misers and aerators is estimated to save 535,040 gallons of water annually.
Recycling & Waste Diversion
- Waste Diversion Annual Average: 70% or above
- Diverted more than 7.3 million pounds of construction and demolition waste since 2014
- Recycled more than 1.9 million pounds of cardboard, glass, aluminum, plastic, and paper since 2014
- Highest diversion rate for single event: a recording breaking 90.3% for US Green Build Council Annual (USGBC) 2016
- Waste and recycling bins inside facility made from 97% recycled milk jugs
Sustainable Product Purchasing
- Sustainable purchases account for 80.58% of all ongoing consumables
- Sustainable cleaning products and materials as a percentage of total cost of cleaning products and materials are at 83.51%
- Installed 9,500 sq. ft. rooftop garden with produce that will build on the food service program of 90% locally sourced food
- Replaced all paper towel dispensers with more efficient models that have decreased paper towels purchasing by about 15,600 sheets per year
Education & Communication
- Environmental education events include annual participation in Earth Hour, Earth Day and America Recycles Day
- Employee Green Team created as a forum for employees to get involved in environmental issues at the LACC
- Environmental tips are posted weekly on social media (#ecoMonday) and monthly employee newsletter features new green tips
- 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
- $100 per month transit subsidy for all employees
- Accessible by Metro Expo Line, Red Line, and Purple Line, as well as several bus lines
- Installed Metro bikes on campus that employees can ride for free for unlimited 30-minute increments
LACC 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 2018 Sustainability Report.
Green Tip of the Month
100 Million Tons of Carbon Dioxide are Emitted Each Year Due to Air Conditioning Use. Here are some simple alternatives:
- Open the windows & utilize fans - it sounds simple, but try to direct the cool air in & hot air out. Make sure your ceiling fans are turning counterclockwise for the greatest benefit.
- Use the slow cooker instead of the oven or grill outside.
- Close the curtains during the day to prevent heat from radiating into your home & increasing the temperature.
Earth Hour is an annual event designed to engage millions of people worldwide on a broad range of environmental issues. Each year, more than 7,000 cities show their support for environmental issues by participating in Earth Hour. On Earth Hour the LACC turns off its non-essential lights for one hour, primarily focusing on West and South Hall towers, as a symbolic call to action to protect our planet.