AEG Facilities’ PPG Paints Arena and the Los Angeles Convention Center recognized for LEED Green Building Certifications
Feb 17, 2017
U.S. Green Building Council issues LEED in Motion: Venues report – Features impact LEED and green practices have on venues’ triple bottom line
Los Angeles (Feb. 16, 2017) – The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) and PPG Paints Arena were recognized today for their sustainability efforts in embracing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certifications in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED in Motion: Venues report. Both venues are managed by AEG Facilities, a stand-alone division of AEG.
The report highlights the efforts of convention centers, sports venues, performing arts centers, community centers and public assembly spaces to transform their environmental, social and economic footprint through the LEED certification program. Both the LACC and PPG Paints Arena were included as being among the most impressive green venues around the world, in their respective categories.
In 2015 the LACC was named the largest convention center in the U.S. to achieve LEED Gold recertification under LEED O+M: Existing Buildings. The venue first achieved Gold certification in 2010. LACC saves approximately 470,000 gallons of water each year due to water efficiency projects; such as replacing 30,000 square feet of lawn with drought-tolerant vegetation.
PPG Paints Arena, home to the 2016 Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, was the first NHL arena to achieve LEED Gold under LEED BD+C: New Construction. Since assuming management of the arena in 2012, AEG Facilities instituted its energy and sustainability programs under its AEG 1EARTH program to spur further operational efficiencies; such as, variable frequency drives to the cooling tower fan motors, saving an additional 216,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.
“We are proud of both PPG Paints Arena and the LACC’s ongoing sustainable operations and recognition of their LEED certifications. The continued adoption of sustainable practices in our facilities demonstrate our dedication to reaching AEG’s new 2020 Environmental Goals,” said Bob Newman, president of AEG Facilities.
LEED in Motion: Venues is the latest in a series of reports from USGBC designed to provide a holistic snapshot of the green building movement. The report equips green building advocates with the insight and perspective to understand the use of the globally recognized LEED rating system and to make a strong case for sustainable building activity.
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 Center (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Oracle Arena and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland, CA), PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, PA), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), LeSports Center (Beijing, China), The O2 (London, England), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Berlin, Germany), Barclaycard Arena (Hamburg, Germany), SSE Hydro (Glasgow, UK), Qudos Bank Arena (Sydney, Australia), Ericsson Globe Arena (Stockholm, Sweden), Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), Hawaii Convention Center (Honolulu, HI) and the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center (Muscat, Oman). For more information, please visit aegworldwide.com.
About the Los Angeles Convention Center
The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) 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 PPG Paints Arena
PPG Paints Arena, operated by AEG Facilities, is the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh’s premier indoor site for sports and entertainment. In addition to hosting over 40 plus Penguins home games, the arena also hosts over 120 additional sports & entertainment events per year. Past signature sporting events include the 2012 and NCAA Men’s Basketball 2nd and 3rd rounds, the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four and the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships, 2017 Men’s A10 Basketball Championships, and the venue will once again host the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 2nd and 3rd rounds in 2018.
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Michael Roth, AEG
(213) 742-7155 or [email protected]
Cassandra Zebisch, AEG
(213) 763-7712 or [email protected]