• 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.”

A prime site for conventions, trade shows and exhibitions, the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) recognizes that it has a unique opportunity to impact the lives of millions of guests and community members that step through its doors every year. That’s why the center has recently collected and donated 14.1 tons of remaining event items and 12 tons of carpet to various Los Angeles-based nonprofit organizations, in alignment with their commitment to zero-waste initiatives.

 

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