When it comes to hosting a meeting or event in Los Angeles, green minds think alike. Buzz words such as sustainable, recyclable, solar energy and biodegradable tend to roll off the tongues of eco-minded planners as they go in search of venues that are both breathtaking and kind to Mother Earth. It should come as no surprise that LA leads the way with environmentally-friendly meeting locations.
The Los Angeles Convention Center is among the greenest facilities of its kind in the nation, and recently obtained LEED-EB Gold certification, the largest convention center in the U.S. to receive this recognition. Its cutting-edge conservation programs include a beverage container recycling program; a material recovery facility that recycles post-trade show unused exhibit material; a food waste recycling program that converts leftovers into animal feed; and a photovoltaic system that makes the Los Angeles Convention Center the largest solar energy-generating convention center in North America.
Located in Exposition Park, the California Science Center can host meetings and conferences for up to 700 guests in the 7,500 square foot Donald P. Loker Conference Center and for 250 guests or less in the Erteszek Family Foundation Muses Room. Evening events can be small receptions or extravaganzas for up to 5,000 guests featuring private gallery viewings, IMAX presentations or elegant sit-down dinners. Each of the four venues within the Center boast an ecologically-minded environment that is sure to inspire any visitor. Dozens of electric vehicle charging stations await guests in a parking structure designed to teach visitors about California native and drought tolerate plants. The indoor eco-systems, such as the 8,000-square-foot bamboo garden and fresh-water pond, create a beautiful backdrop to any event. The on-site composting center turns catering scraps into green gold. A vegetative roofing system tops the building with water wise shrubbery.
The AT&T Center offers companies a thriving hub for business in the heart of the downtown entertainment district. The 500-seat theatre is ideal for corporate presentations, film screenings, seminars and special events. The Plaza Galleria is ideal for events requiring seating for 250 guests or less, with a private setting for dinner events, presentations, and receptions. At AT&T Center developing a comprehensive sustainability program is a key priority. Its efforts range from GREEN cleaning practices using recycled paper products; an aggressive customer recycling program; indigenous vegetation throughout all common areas using reclaimed water for irrigation; energy audits on all building management systems; EPA Energy Star certification and LEED Gold designation.
The Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) is a 160,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2011 on the campus of California State University, Northridge. Numerous VPAC spaces are available for rental, including the 1,700-seat Great Hall, the 500-person Plaza Del Sol Performance Hall, the Courtyard Theater and Courtyard (individually or together), and the Grand Lobby. VPAC recently earned LEED® Gold certification for a sustainable and innovative design that uses resource efficiency, material choices, natural lighting, and efficient ventilation and mechanical systems to reduce the facility’s environmental impact.
The Aquarium of the Pacific was the first museum in the nation to register its greenhouse gases and is a leader in green practices, including two LEED® Platinum exhibits: the Our Watersheds exhibit and the Molina Animal Care Center. The Aquarium of the Pacific has successfully certified its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory with the California Climate Action Registry (now The Climate Registry) to become the first museum in the United States to earn the status of a Climate Action Leader™. The Aquarium also received the Super Nova award from the Alliance to Save Energy for its investment in energy and climate conservation practices. Event spaces range from Café Scuba (50-100 guests) to the option of renting the entire interior of the Aquarium of the Pacific, allowing guests to experience three distinct areas of the largest ocean on earth.