The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce has given its Sustainability Award to Los Angeles World Airports.
“Our mission has always been to balance the needs of the traveling public and the needs of the surrounding community,” says LAWA Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey. “This is an exciting honor for LAWA, and the fact that it comes from our immediate neighbor gives us great satisfaction that our efforts are making a difference.”
LAWA’s sustainability program uses the LEED standards for building projects, which are an internationally recognized green building certification system that incorporates strategies such as water efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to impacts.
Sustainability achievements include improving air quality through LAWA’s alternative-fuel vehicles, reducing traffic congestion in and around Los Angeles International (LAX), airportwide recycling programs, and proactive measures to conserve water by using reclaimed water and irrigation.
The recently completed Tom Bradley International Terminal achieved LEED Silver Certification; all new terminal facilities are also being designed to achieve it. The renovation project was one of the reasons the award went to LAWA, which is only the second organization to receive it.
“The renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal was completed on-time and under budget, is the only LEED silver certified airport project for an existing building, and was renovated while the terminal was fully operational,” says Thomas Flintoft, chamber chairman. “I applaud Gina Marie Lindsey, her executive staff and the board of airport commissioners for putting our airport on a course to become a world-class airport, and for putting in place operational policies that will make LAX a sustainable transportation asset to the community.”
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