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Flying Clean to Improve an Industry

Los Angeles World Airports California, USA
Los Angeles World Airports’ innovative sustain­abil­ity programme focuses on goals that include conserving water, reducing energy usage and increasing the use of socially responsible products.

Sustain­abil­ity Reigns at Los Angeles World Airports
Furthering Los Angeles’ city-wide sustain­abil­ity initiative, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) launched a plan to green its four-airport system, including Los Angeles Inter­na­tional Airport. Already a leader in envi­ron­men­tal stewardship, LAWA turned to us to help formalise an initiative to build sustainable practices into its business model. Together, we have embarked on an ambitious sustain­abil­ity programme that will further enhance the airport’s role as a key driver in national and regional economic growth, social respon­si­bil­ity and envi­ron­men­tal stewardship.

CDM Smith created and implemented a sustainability performance improvement management system, which enables stakeholders to evaluate and integrate green practices across the organisation.

In partnership with LAWA, we created and implemented a sustain­abil­ity performance improvement management system, which enables LAWA stake­hold­ers to evaluate and integrate green practices across the orga­ni­sa­tion. This framework allows LAWA to continually assess its sustain­abil­ity initiatives, identify areas for improvement, and prioritise imple­men­ta­tion. This dynamic approach sets the stage for continual growth, as opposed to a one-time assessment and plan.
 
The programme sets, targets and outlines efforts to help achieve many high-level objectives—such as conserving water, integrating sustainable practices into internal policies and processes, reducing emissions and energy usage, and increasing the use of socially responsible products. One of the most significant outcomes has been the creation of LAWA’s design and construc­tion guidelines. These industry trend-setting guidelines are being used on all design and construc­tion projects planned for the airport modern­isa­tion programme. The work has also been used by many airport leaders outside of Los Angeles as the basis for their own airport strategies.

Our greenhouse gas emission inventory helped LAWA better understand and make decisions about their envi­ron­men­tal footprint.
Gwen Pelletier Air Quality Specialist

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This plan enhances the airport’s role as a key driver in national and regional economic growth, social responsibility and environmental stewardship. 

Our greenhouse gas emission inventory helped LAWA better understand and make decisions about their envi­ron­men­tal footprint.
Gwen Pelletier
Air Quality Specialist

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