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10 Green Facts About Los Angeles

by Nicole Shen

  1. L.A. was the first city to require that city-owned buildings be built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specifications – the internationally recognized standard for constructing eco-friendly buildings.
  2. L.A. has the highest solid waste recycle rate of any large American city – 62 percent.
  3. The Los Angeles Convention Center is the largest solar-generating complex in North America.
  4. Nearly 10 perecent of all L.A.’s energy comes from renewable resources, including solar and wind power.
  5. L.A. boasts the single-largest fuel cell power plant at any university in the world, at the California State University Northridge (CSUN) campus in the San Fernando Valley.
  6. Eighty percent of the City’s trash trucks and street sweepers run on natural gas.
  7. The Port of Los Angeles is slashing in port-air pollution by half with its five-year Clean Air Action Plan.  It will replace diesel-powered equipment with clean, natural gas and electric-powered equipment.
  8. L.A. boasts the nation’s largest fleet of clean, green buses – 2,500 – all powered by compressed natural gas.
  9. L.A. recycles more than 850 tons of restaurant food waste a month into compost that is sold to local farms and vineyars.
  10. Los Angeles International Airports (LAX) uses non-polluting green soucres for up to 35 percent of its electrical power.

Courtesy of LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau – www.discoverlosangeles.com

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