The Los Angeles Convention Center has won the state's highest environmental honor.
The Los Angeles Convention Center has won the state’s highest environmental honor.

The Los Angeles Convention Center and the Orange County Water District are among 13 recipients of the state’s highest environmental honor, it was announced Wednesday.

The Governor’s Environmental Leadership Awards, which were established in 1993, are given to individuals, organizations and businesses that have demonstrated leadership and made notable contributions to conserving the state’s resources, protecting the environment and strengthening the economy, according to the California Environmental Protection Agency.

“This year’s GEELA recipients are demonstrating exceptional leadership in addressing some of our most significant environmental challenges,” said California Secretary for Environmental Protection Matthew Rodriquez. “Whether it’s fighting climate change, conserving our water supplies or reducing waste, they inspire us with their creative and collaborative approaches. Their success expands our view of what is possible. Collectively, they are proving that a healthy environment is inextricably linked with a vibrant economy.”

The OCWD was cited for its educational programs that inform the public about recycled water and its benefits, while the Convention Center was lauded for a sustainability program that has reduced waste, conserved water and cut its carbon footprint, according to CalEPA.

Other award recipients include BMW of San Diego, the only winner in the automobile dealer zero emission vehicle promotion category, for promoting the sale of zero-emission vehicles through a variety of partnerships and programs; and the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Barbara County for reducing its waste stream and lowering recycling costs.

–City News Service

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