A Sustainable Long Beach AirportRelease Date: 2018-08-15
Last night the City Council unanimously approved a proposal I put forward with support from Councilwoman Stacy Mungo Flanigan to direct Long Beach Airport staff to develop a plan to lead the nation on sustainability for airports. The initiative asks the Long Beach Airport to work with LGB airlines and other partners to become an incubator of clean tech in aviation, with the goal of becoming a carbon neutral facility.
We all know we must prepare for climate change and that includes an airport that is carbon neutral and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. I am proud to have the support of the Coucilwoman who represents the airport.
The Port of Long Beach has adopted its second Clean Air Action Plan and continues to see economic growth and surging capacity while reducing air pollution. The success at our Port is a model that can be replicated at LGB, bringing technological innovation and investment along the way.
Located near the center of the city, most neighborhoods in Long Beach are relatively close to LGB and significant and measurable steps should be taken to mitigate its environmental impact. In adopting sustainable and carbon-neutral practices, LGB can set an international standard for airports to be good neighbors to their communities and good for our climate.
The Long Beach Airport was founded in 1923 as the first municipally-owned airport in California. It has garnered extensive praise for its modern design and architecture, local eateries and easygoing travel experience. Recently, Sunset magazine awarded LGB with a Best of 2017 Travel Award. In addition, USA Today and 10Best.com recognized LGB for Best Airport Dining in their Readers Choice poll. LGB offers non-stop service to several U.S. cities while supporting a healthy general aviation community with more than 260,000 annual operations.
I look forward to working with staff to see an airport that is built on sustainability.