LA Convention Center Employees working in the recycling center

In 2016, the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) hosted the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Conference organizers set forth aggressive sustainability goals, including a waste diversion target of 85%.


Through a rigorous six-month planning process, the LACC team converted 200 waste bins to compost bins, posted signage on paper towel dispensers in all restroom stalls, and worked with its janitorial and housekeeping vendor to increase recyclable food serviceware options.


LACC successfully surpassed the set diversion goal and achieved an overall 90% waste diversion rate. “As the first large convention center in the U.S. to receive LEED EB Gold recertification in 2015, the LACC is incredibly proud of what our teams were able to accomplish for the 2016 Greenbuild Convention. Diverting 90.3% from the waste stream is a new record—we are honored to be a part of the Greenbuild International history,” said Brad Gessner, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Los Angeles Convention Center.