AASHE 2012: What You Don't Know About L.A. Might Surprise You
Yes, Los Angeles is famous for celebrity sightings, traffic and smog. But its lesser known sustainability achievements are what drew AASHE to the City of Angels for this year's conference. Take a look at a few reasons why L.A. is a great place for a national sustainability conversation:
L.A. is home to more than one million college students
Thanks to the recent LEED Gold certification of the University of California, Los Angeles' Clinical and Translational Research Center, the University of California system has hit a milestone of 100 LEED-certified facilities.
Through the Mayor’s Office of Energy, Environment and Sustainability, L.A. met the Kyoto targets for reducing greenhouse gases four years ahead of schedule; has taken over 2,000 dirty diesel trucks off the road; met the first target of getting 10 percent of energy from renewable sources; and put into place a far-reaching green building program.
L.A.'s Green Business Program works to increase sustainability among businesses. Partners include the Mayor’s Office, Los Angeles Community College, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, Green Globe, and Green Seal.
The LEED Gold-certified Los Angeles Convention Center was recently welcomed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a national Green Power Partner, and is now a qualified member of the EPA’s national WasteWise program.
The host hotel for conference attendees, Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, was the first L.A. hotel to earn Green Seal Silver Certification, and was acknowledged by the Mayor’s Office for leading the way in sustainable hotel practices.
6 STARS Participants and 5 AASHE member institutions are located in the L.A. area
For more reasons to visit L.A. for AASHE 2012, visit the conference website. Hotel discounts end September 22 and registration ends October 8 so register soon! For any conference questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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