Los Angeles Convention Center Retains LEED Gold Status

Los Angeles Convention Center

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), which received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification in 2010, has been recertified, it announced this week. The venue is the largest convention center in the United States to be recertified at the Gold level.

"Today, we take another concrete step in the implementation of our Sustainable City pLAn -- a plan that sets some of the boldest environmental targets in America. Green building, energy efficiency, and water conservation are central to our efforts to clean our air, reduce our waste, and build a more livable city," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. "Congratulations to the Los Angeles Convention Center for its continued environmental stewardship, which has once again earned LEED Gold certification."

LEED is a green building rating system developed by the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to help the building industry operate in a more environmentally-conscious manner. Buildings earn points in various categories -- including sustainable sites, water efficiency, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality -- to determine the level of LEED certification they receive. Gold is the second highest of four possible LEED certifications.

"The LACC takes a comprehensive approach to sustainability with environmental best practices permeating every aspect of our business operations," said LACC General Manager Brad Gessner, senior vice president of AEG Facilities, which manages the facility. "The venue is recognized as a champion of environmental and social responsibility in the Los Angeles community and we will continue our efforts to reduce the venue's environmental footprint by seeking sustainable practices and investing in environmentally-friendly products and technology. The ongoing efforts will preserve the LACC's position as an industry leader in environmental standards."

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