During the 2010 conerence, attendees
tossed 3,200 pounds
o material into our resource recovery bins. Tat’s two-timeswhat we recovered in 2009. Compared with a 12% increasein attendance it becomes a telling statistic. We attribute this jump to clearer communication with vendors and sponsorsregarding how to handle their pre- and post-conerence waste.Our Diversion Rate
this year was 96.3% percent -- a 12.5%improvement rom 2009. Tis initiative was a ocus or us in2010 so we’re happiest to see that improvement. DiversionRate is easy to measure, is ‘material’ to our Materials Manage-ment eort (a little Global Reporting Initiative humor there),and its lets us compare year-to-year perormance in a straight-orward manner.Compostable materials recovered went down to 400 poundsin 2010 rom 520 pounds in 2009. We attribute this decrease to better pre-event management and serving meals withless associated waste and better-trained volunteers.We captured paper in the same bin as bottles and cans, which helped to limit the number o recycling bins neededon-site. Since wet paper can’t be recycled we asked attendees to empty beverage containers beore binning the bottle or can. We captured 175 gal-lons o this ‘beverage remainder efuent’ (or backwash). Could backwashbe converted into a biouel? At this point that backwash is pure waste, butwe’re hoping that one o you enterprising entrepreneurs will turn it into abyproduct
1 We dene “attendees” to include staf sponsors, speakers, volunteers and paid attendees.2 Weights are accurate to the nearest 10 pounds.3 Diversion Rate ormula:((Total Materials Recovered – Material Landlled) / Total Materials Recovered)4 Products, byproducts, and waste are the three outputs o any business process.
Los Angeles CenterStudios is designedto be a lm and tele- vision productionacility that also pro- vides on-site ocespace to productioncompanies and othertenants. Meteringutilities on their campus is congured to serve those busi-ness requirements. Sub-metering electricity and water, in aconguration that suits the interest o this report, serves nopractical business purpose or them, so the spaces we useor the conerence do not have dedicated sub-metering. Tismeans that we can produce only very rough estimates o howmuch electricity and water we pull during the conerence.With all o this in mind, our apparent electricity consump-tion in 2010 was not measurable (to estimate rom scratchwill take time). Our apparent water consumption was 1822cubic eet.Because the common areas we occupy at Los Angeles Cen-ter Studios don’t use natural gas we’ve stopped reporting ourconsumption o it.We’re looking closely at waysto improve our accuracy aroundmonitoring our consumption o these resources in 2011.