Sustainability at LAWA

Sustainability Action Plan (SAP)

Webinar Presentation: Greening the Earth & Skies with LAWA


Sustainability Mission Statement

As the international gateway in our region, Los Angeles World Airports is committed to setting the global airport standard for customer satisfaction and security, regional economic leadership and organizational performance. Building on our core values, we will engage our employees, tenants, customers, and communities in an effort to continually improve our environmental, economic and social performance.

Please let us know your thoughts and ideas about how we can improve LAWA’s sustainability performance.

Message from the Chief Executive Officer

I am pleased to share with you the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) 2021 Sustainability Report for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY). This Annual Report summarizes LAWA’s continuous efforts to embed sustainability in all aspects of our planning, development, and operations.

Sustainability 2021 Report


LAWA Sustainable Design and Construction Policy

LAWA adopted two Sustainable Design and Construction Policies on September 7, 2017: 1) A policy that requires new building construction and renovation projects at LAX and VNY airports be designed to achieve the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification or higher and 2) A new set of requirements that apply sustainability measures to airport-related construction/non-building projects.

LEED Certification Starter Kit

The LEED Certification Starter Kit serves as a document to streamline the LEED certification process for LAWA new construction projects that are required to achieve LEED Silver or better.

LAWA EV Purchasing Policy

LAWA adopted its first electric vehicle purchasing policy (EVPP) on June 15, 2017. The EVPP will improve air quality in and around LAX and VNY as LAWA gradually increases the percentage of all-electric vehicle purchases to 100 percent by 2035.

LAX Food Donation Policy

The LAX Food Donation Policy requires businesses that sell or distribute food at LAX to implement a surplus edible food recovery strategy and report to LAWA annually the quantity of food donated via that strategy. *Policy updated in September 2022*.

LAWA Single-use Plastic Water Bottle Phase-out Policy

Effective June 30, 2023, single-use plastic water bottles cannot be sold or distributed at LAX or VNY. Reusable water bottles of any material type are encouraged to avoid waste. Acceptable single-use materials are aluminum, glass, or cartons. This policy aims to reduce plastic waste generated at LAWA facilities and move towards zero waste.

Mayor’s Sustainable City pLAn

On April 8, 2015, Mayor Eric Garcetti released L.A.’s first-ever Sustainable City pLAn. The pLAn is a roadmap to achieve back to basics short-term results while setting the path to strengthen and transform our City in the decades to come. In 2019, the Mayor launched Los Angeles' Green New Deal, an ambitious update to the 2015 Sustainable City pLAn.

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