The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce honored Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates Los Angeles International Airport, with the chamber’s Sustainability Award during an installation dinner June 28 at the Westin Los Angeles International Airport Hotel.

LAWA’s Sustainability Program includes a comprehensive sustainability plan and airport sustainability guidelines. For building projects, the airport department aims to utilize the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards of the U.S. Green Building Council, airport officials note.

“Our mission has always been to balance the needs of the traveling public and the needs of the surrounding community,” LAWA Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said. “This is an exciting honor for LAWA and the fact that it comes from our immediate neighbor gives us great satisfaction that our efforts are making a difference.”

LAWA’s sustainability achievements include improving the quality of air through its increased number of alternative-fuel vehicles, reducing traffic congestion in and around LAX, minimizing waste through its airport-wide recycling programs, and proactive measures to conserve water through the use of reclaimed water and efficient irrigation, officials explained.

The recently completed LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal renovation project, which earned LEED Silver certification, was one of the reasons LAWA was selected for the award, according to the chamber.

“The renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal was completed on time and under budget, is the only LEED silver certified airport project for an existing building, and was renovated while the terminal was fully operational,” said Thomas Flintoft, chamber chairman.

“I applaud Gina Marie Lindsey, her executive staff and the Board of Airport Commissioners for putting our airport on a course to become a world class airport, and for putting in place operational policies that will make LAX a sustainable transportation asset to the community.”