Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Los Angeles Convention Center leads in sustainability initiatives

Los Angeles Convention Center leads in sustainability initiatives
November 20, 2018

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) has taken a global lead in sustainability initiatives over the past year, most recently announcing a straw ban during a sustainability presentation at the National League of Cities (NLC) City Summit on 9th November.

The United States uses over 500 million plastic straws every day, with a significant number of these straws ending up polluting oceans and killing marine life.

Now, the LACC, in partnership with in-house caterer Taste of LA by Levy Restaurants, will cease the use of 250,000 straws annually with paper straws to be used only for blended coffee beverages until other solutions are accessible.

Matthew Brown, General Manager of Taste of LA by Levy at the LACC, explains “one of the best ways to reduce our carbon footprint is by removing waste wherever possible.

“Our goal has been to function 100% straw-free. One year ago, we eliminated straws from catering, which serves as 80% of our business. Removing straws from our cafes and kiosks was the last piece of the puzzle.”

Owned by the City of Los Angeles and managed by AEG Facilities, the LACC has recently implemented additional sustainability initiatives.

In August the facility upgraded to water and energy efficient dishwashers, saving an estimated 1.3 million gallons of water annually. Last month the LACC started a project replacing 330 faucets in guest restrooms; 0.5 gallon per minute (GPM) faucets are being upgraded to 0.35 GPM units, which will save approximately 415,000 gallons of water annually.

In April it unveiled a 2.21 megawatt solar array on the roof of South Hall, making it the largest solar array on a municipally owned convention centre in the United States.

Starting in October 2017, the six-month project included the construction of 6,228 panels at 355 watts each. The new array is projected to generate 3.4 million kilowatt hours per year that equates to 17% of the LACC’s annual energy usage. This amount of electricity produced can power 565 homes in Los Angeles.

LACC General Manager, Ellen Schwartz commented “environmental sustainability is embedded in the LACC’s culture and permeates every aspect of our day-to-day operations.

“It is exciting to continually launch new initiatives at events like NLC City Summit that impact communities all over the country.”

The LACC is a busy facility welcoming 2.5 million visitors annually.  

Related Articles

10th September 2018 - Environmental first for Australian Convention Centres

19th July 2018 - Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre launches ‘Think Before Plastic’ initiative

28th May 2018 - Zoos and aquariums look to reduce plastic waste

29th January 2018 - Awards recognise EarthCheck’s relevance to global tourism

24th February 2013 - Cairns Convention Centre continues to meet EarthCheck certification standards

14th June 2016 - EarthCheck and Griffith University partner on sustainable tourism

14th January 2016 - Darwin Convention Centre gains EarthCheck recognition for sustainability

13th September 2017 - Venues around the world make increasing use of renewable energy

7th September 2015 - Sydney Opera House awarded for sustainability leadership

19th May 2017 - AEG Facilities accounts for 50% of ticket sales in top 10 global arenas

11th August 2016 - AEG Facilities launches Global Solutions Division

30th January 2017 - AEG Facilities sell more than 12 million tickets worldwide during 2016

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


Our team believes floors should be beautiful, comfortable, and engineered for safety, even when wet. Life Floor tiles meet six unique performance based standards: slip-resistance, impact absorption,…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Recreation / Safety / Surfaces


Worldwide Sports Management

Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues



We are the leading providers of kids fun multi-sports programs for Sport and Recreation Centres. Programs cover twelve common sports as well as Gross Motor Skill Development and suit children from as…

read more

Fitness / Play / Recreation / Sport / Wellness


Augmented Creative

Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…

read more

Arts / Attractions / Consultants / Design / Tourism


XBODY Australia Pty Ltd

PROVEN BUSINESS CONCEPTS WITH XBODY XBody’s goal is to see you and your EMS business succeed. That is why we don’t just sell equipment, we provide know-how, expert knowledge,…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness



Playrope Aqua-Fun, are the Australian & New Zealand exclusive distributors for Vortex Aquatic Structures International, the world leader in aquatic playgrounds and urban water landscapes.…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Parks / Play / Recreation



Vticket Pty Ltd is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., the world leader in high-speed access control, admission control and ticketing software for the…

read more

Attractions / Security / Technology / Ticketing / Venues



With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Technology


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business