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.
Organizations include Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army L.A. Red Shield Youth & Community Center, St. Francis Center and EduCare Foundation, who received furniture, art supplies, tote bags, fixtures, water bottles, lanyards, clothing and more. Additionally, the LACC donated 72 four-stream recycling bins to The Salvation Army Red Shield Community Center in Downtown LA to be used to educate students about how to responsibly dispose of waste.
The center, managed by ASM Global, works to educate its employees, visitors, contractors, and event planners on zero waste management practices. Throughout the 867,000 square feet. of meeting and event space, visitors will find waste and recycle bins made from 990-1,100 reclaimed milk jugs and an educational sustainability kiosk equipped with water filling stations. Additionally, clients and contractors have access to sustainability guides highlighting what materials are recyclable or compostable.
These initiatives work towards the Los Angeles city goals in response to Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council’s 2014 Zero Waste Plan. The policy transforms the city’s waste and recycling system, in efforts to achieve 90% diversion by 2025.
Continuing to give back to the community, LACC employees have participated in numerous volunteer opportunities including working with students at The Salvation Army Red Shield Community Center in the Pico Union district, as well as preparing and serving home-style meals for women in need at the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC). In addition, this past spring a team of LACC volunteers visited the Hope Street Margolis Family Center and painted a part of a four-football-field long mural created by Portraits of Hope. The Shaping L.A. mural is currently displayed on South Hall’s curved wall facing the 110 freeway for more than six months.