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Los Angeles World Airports California, USA
Los Angeles World Airports’ innovative sustainability program 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 formalize an initiative to build sustainable practices into its business model. Together, we have embarked on an ambitious sustainability program 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 organization.
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 orga­ni­za­tion. This framework allows LAWA to continually assess its sustain­abil­ity initiatives, identify areas for improvement, and prioritize imple­men­ta­tion. This dynamic approach sets the stage for continual growth, as opposed to a one-time assessment and plan.

The program 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 modern­iza­tion program. The work has also been used by many airport leaders outside of Los Angeles as the basis for their own airport strategies.
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Our greenhouse gas emission inventory helped LAWA better understand and make decisions about their environmental footprint.

Triple bottom line

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

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