to host owners and managers of the city’s most sustainable hotels at a Mayor’s Hotel
Convening, held September 18, 2014. The meeting brought together business owners and
city officials with industry leaders, including Dr. Arthur Weissman of Green Seal and
Patti MacJennett of the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board.
“I am… pleased to announce that the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge (LABBC)
has joined forces with the Los Angeles Green Lodging Certification Program to bring
its valuable resources to hotels. Working with the Program, LABBC can provide free
services and special incentives to help hotels modernize facilities, reduce utility expenses,
and improve indoor environmental quality,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in a
statement to promote the event.
Enrique Zaldivar, Director of the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, and
Matt Petersen, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles, opened the
convention with remarks on the benefits of and potential for sustainable business models
— particularly in the hospitality sector — in the city of Los Angeles.
Patti MacJennett, of the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, followed by
highlighting the specific appeal of a sustainable business in terms of contemporary
tourism marketing. She described that by qualifying for local green certification
programs, such as Green Seal and the Los Angeles Green Business Certification
Program, hotel owners and managers can attract a growing market of eco-conscious
tourists, convention planners, and consumers.
David Hodgins of the LABBC discussed the services and resources that the LABBC
provides to facilitate the certification process, and the business case for reducing energy
and water consumption.
“It was great to see so many hotels in attendance. We are proud to partner with the Green
Lodging Certification Program, and look forward to working with more hotels to help
them reach their sustainability goals,” commented Hodgins.
The LABBC is currently working in conjunction with the Los Angeles Green Lodging
Certification Program to help a growing list of hotels achieve certification and maximize
energy and water conservation opportunities.