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United Receives Audubon International's Green Hospitality Award

Sandy Smith

United Airlines has become the first carrier to achieve certification through the new Audubon International Green Hospitality Program for the airline's United Club located in Terminal 7 of Los Angeles International Airport. Audubon International awarded United its gold-level certification in recognition of the airport lounge's innovative sustainability practices and overall dedication to environmental stewardship.

“United’s focus on minimizing the environmental impact of its operation aligns perfectly with our mission to foster the sustainable use of natural resources in all the places people live, work and play,” said Christine Kane, Audubon International’s chief executive officer. “This partnership is a great example of how working together to improve individual aspects of one’s daily life or business operation will result in a larger, and more positive, cumulative impact.”  

United's achievement at Los Angeles International Airport follows the airline's announcement in 2016 that it would begin using commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation fuel at the Los Angeles hub for regularly scheduled departures.

“As an industry-leading airline in green initiatives, we are constantly pursuing ways to reduce our footprint, whether through our use of low-carbon, sustainable aviation biofuel or our revaluation  of onboard materials that resulted in keeping 30,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the air each year,” said Gavin Molloy, United’s vice president of corporate real estate and environmental affairs. “Teaming up with Audubon International enables us to further reduce our impact on the environment not just in the air but also at our facilities across our system.”

United and Audubon International, a not-for-profit environmental education organization dedicated to sustainable natural resource management, will continue to work together to further improve the sustainability of the airline’s airport lounges around the globe, including its new United Polaris lounge locations at several major U.S. hubs. United has already achieved separate “Green Business” certifications for United Club locations from the cities of Los Angeles, Denver and San Diego.

“At Los Angeles International Airport, being at the forefront of environmental sustainability is a top priority not only for our airport, but for our airline partners as well,” said Samantha Bricker, Los Angeles World Airports’ deputy executive director for environmental programs. “We look forward to continuing to work with United on environmental stewardship efforts.”

For more information on United's commitment to environmental sustainability, visit

July 02, 2018 @ 09:27 AM EDT Airlines, Aviation and Aerospace, Manufacturing Environment, Operations

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