Long Beach Airport
Long Beach Airport and its tenants are committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner, minimizing the impact of our business on the environment and surrounding community with methods that are socially responsible, scientifically based and economically sound. Our dedication goes beyond simply complying with all applicable laws and regulations. In 2019, we completed a Sustainability Plan Outline to guide our work. Check out the plan and read below for highlights of some of the ways we promote sustainability at LGB.
Electric chargers for ground support equipment (GSE). In early 2020, LGB installed 15 electric chargers for GSEs, resulting in 100% electrification of commercial gates. The state-of-the-art technology quickly charges airline-owned GSEs, commonly used for repositioning and servicing aircraft, loading and unloading cargo and transporting passenger checked bags. Read the press release.
Reduced aircraft emissions on the ramp. With the installation of preconditioned air and electrical power at each aircraft parking position, commercial pilots may now shut off auxiliary power units while waiting at the gate, substantially reducing emissions on the ramp.
On-site parking. With all parking located a short walk from the terminal, LGB now incurs zero emissions from parking lot shuttles.
Voluntary carbon offsets. LGB participates in The Good Traveler, a program for
passengers to voluntarily offset the environmental impact of travel through the
purchase of carbon offsets.
Green Building Practices
LEED Silver Certification. We are very proud of our LEED Silver passenger concourse building and we are aiming for LEED Silver Certification for the new ticketing building to be constructed as part of the Phase II Terminal Area Improvement Program.
Reuse and recycling of construction waste. For airfield improvements, all nonhazardous pavement material is pulverized in place and reinstalled as subbase material for taxiways and ramps.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water
Training. Regular training of Airport employees and tenants in containment, clean-up and pollution prevention techniques in accordance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) mandates of the Clean Water Act. Download stormwater video training.
Best management practices for preventing stormwater pollution prevention. Use of site-specific structural and non-structural practices to reduce the potential for pollutants to contaminate stormwater discharges.
Stormwater sampling and testing. Rigorous annual sampling process through the State Water Resources Control Board.
Landscaping. LGB boasts drought-resistant landscaping throughout its campus and
curtails irrigation during winter months.
LED taxiway lights. LGB is converting all taxiway lights to LEDs. LEDs are brighter than regular light bulbs and have a longer lifespan — an estimated seven to 10 years as opposed to one year for incandescent bulbs.
Solar project. In addition to smaller solar projects installed over the years, LGB is currently working with the City of Long Beach to host a large solar project on top of parking structures A and B. When complete, the project will generate 70% of the energy needs for the historic terminal building.
Notable Achievements from LGB Tenants
Aeroplex Solar Project. Modeled after a successful project at Van Nuys Airport, Aeroplex is in the process of building a solar project on Airport property that will consist of 940 panels spanning 55,000 square feet. When installed, the project will achieve the equivalent of eliminating more than one million car miles annually.
Gulfstream’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Gulfstream, one of the Airport’s largest tenants, uses only sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for its LGB operations. Per gallon, SAF has at least a 60% smaller carbon footprint than conventional jet fuel on a lifecycle basis.
MOU with South Coast AQMD
In December 2019, LGB became one of five commercial airports in the South Coast Air Basin to finalize a voluntary MOU with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The purpose of the MOU is to identify emission reduction benefits and how they will be quantified through the implementation of voluntary airport strategies outlined in the Airport’s Air Quality Improvement Plan (AQIP). The AQIP sets voluntary targets for renewable energy, sustainable design, clean construction practices, clean fleet goals for Airport-Owned vehicles and additional electric charging infrastructure for travelers.