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 outline 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 has 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 and Waste Reduction
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.
Green concessions. In an effort to make the airport more sustainable, food and beverage concessions are committed to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover resources. LGB concessions use recyclable service items and donates approximately 90 meals a month to Food Finders to support their fight against food insecurity.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Quality
Stormwater Training. LGB provides mandatory stormwater training for Airport Operations 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. Site-specific structural and non-structural practices reduce the potential for pollutants to contaminate stormwater discharges.
Water Quality. LGB conducts rigorous annual stormwater sampling and testing in accordance with the State Water Resources Control Board permit requirements. Continuous deflective separation (CDS) technology is used to remove debris and contaminants from stormwater runoff. During FY21 testing, all samples tested below thresholds and most of our results were below even laboratory detection limits.
Water Conservation. LGB boasts drought-resistant turf, shrubs and trees throughout its campus and installed computerized irrigation controls to automatically curtail water use during winter months. LGB has replaced bathroom fixtures with low-flow and waterless fixtures to conserve water in the terminal.
LED taxiway lights. LGB is converting all taxiway lights to LEDs. LEDs use less energy, 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 renewable energy that will supply 70% of the electricity used by 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 offset emissions equivalent to one million vehicle miles traveled each year.
Ross Aviation Partnership with Carbonfund. Ross Aviation has a new initiative called “Fly More. Leave Less” that provides an option for customers to purchase carbon offsets for fuel purchases. The funds are used to invest in energy efficiency, forestry and renewable energy projects. Customers receive a summary of the carbon offsets they purchased at the end of each year.
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 ambitious voluntary targets for renewable energy, sustainable design, clean construction practices, clean fleet goals for Airport-Owned vehicles and additional electric charging infrastructure for travelers.