• LACC Breaks Record for Waste Diversion

     
    POSTED March 8, 2017
     

The Los Angeles Convention Center has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council and Informa Exhibitions for a record-shattering 90.3 percent waste diversion rate at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

“Los Angeles is leading the way in sustainability,” says Kate Hurst, vice president of community advancement, conference and events. “It was ranked as the fourth major city in the United States for LEED-certified projects in 2016 and is part of the 100 million square feet club, which made it an ideal location to host the 15th annual Greenbuild.”

The three-day conference had more than 18,000 attendees; the Greenbuild Waste Team set a goal of 85 percent waste diversion for the event but exceeded that by just under 5 percent. Heading into the conference, their average diversion rate was 72 percent, but they were eager to challenge themselves. They implemented strategies that included 200 waste bins, signage on paper towel dispensers to encourage compost and a collaboration with ABM, Levy Restaurants, Waste Management and LA Corps to assist with recycling.

“It was amazing to see the LACC and all of our partners come together as one cohesive team with one common goal around waste diversion at Greenbuild,” says Lindsay Roberts, group director, Informa Exhibitions. “I watched as each partner and each individual became more motivated and more committed to the cause and it was truly inspiring, everyone walked away with a sense of pride and purpose.”

Portland will be home to the first Ritz-Carlton in the Pacific Northwest. Developer BPM Real Estate Group is bringing the brand to the city, with an anticipated opening in early 2023. Plans call for a 35-story tower with 251 hotel rooms and 138 residential units, including eight penthouses.

 

Even during a worldwide pandemic, the hospitality industry is working to make people feel at ease. Though many hotels can only open their doors to health care workers and first responders, they’re reaching out to their local communities with bright messages in clever, socially-distanced ways. Through the heart-shaped lighting of windows at night, hotels are serving as beacons of hope in cities across the country. 

 

Daily life has been significantly altered by COVID-19, no matter the industry. Many are working from home, while children stay inside for online schooling. Meetings and events have been hit especially hard, since the essence of the industry is face-to-face interactions. While we continue to self-isolate, plenty of organizations have been offering webinars with insights on how to handle the pandemic—watching webinars is a great way to use that extra time you might have used for your commute to learn something useful.