January 23, 2012


by Jodi Summers

Los Angeles International Airport has the world’s first LEED Gold Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting facility.  The Gold certification recognizes the project’s efforts at maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing negative environmental impacts.

Also known as LAFD Station 80 at Los Angeles International Airport, the building has incorporated a slew of green features, which yield energy cost cuts of 35% per year. Green upgrades include low-flow plumbing systems which reduce annual water usage by 39%. Water savings have further been achieved via utilizing more than 2,000 gallons of reused water for dust control in place of potable water.

The facility has installed a high-performance heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit which resets temperatures to optimum efficiency while maintaining the comfort level of the building occupants. Presence of occupancy-sensor controlled lighting fixtures contributes to the sustainability factor by reducing energy consumption.

The building has made extensive use of low VOC paints, adhesives, and sealants in the interior to upgrade indoor air quality. Other eco-friendly features include use of 20% of reclaimed materials during construction, and recycling or salvaging over 99% of construction debris.

All of these green elements have given LAX’s Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting facility LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council. It is the second building at LAX to incorporate LEED standards and receive LEED certification. The first building to incorporate LEED standards was the $737-million renovation of the Tom Bradley International Terminal – the first-ever for a renovation project at a U.S. airport. It received LEED Silver certification.

Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said, “The LEED Gold certification reflects our commitment to contribute to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s vision of making Los Angeles the cleanest big city in America, and is in keeping with a sustainable ‘green’ building policy adopted by our Board of Airport Commissioners that commits us to incorporate LEED  standards in all our future construction projects.”






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  1. When Americans used to brag about “the American way of life”—a phrase still in common use in 1960—they were talking about a civic culture that swept an extremely large proportion of Americans of all classes into its embrace. It was a culture encompassing shared experiences of daily life and shared assumptions about central American values involving marriage, honesty, hard work and religiosity.

    Over the past 50 years, that common civic culture has unraveled. We have developed a new upper class with advanced educations, often obtained at elite schools, sharing tastes and preferences that set them apart from mainstream America. At the same time, we have developed a new lower class, characterized not by poverty but by withdrawal from America’s core cultural institutions.

  2. Google is focused on enhancing the quality of work life for its employees.

    Anthony Ravitz, Google’s real estate and workplace services green team lead, said the motivation to improve buildings is rooted in treating its employees as its biggest assets and retaining top talent, which is always a challenge in Silicon Valley. “We want people to want to come to the office – that’s our idea,” he said.

  3. Dear Jodi,
    Our friends at Earthjustice are working to close a loophole in the Clean Water Act to prevent mining companies from dumping their waste into our lakes and streams. The health of our national parks is directly linked to the health of the waters that surround them. I hope you will take a moment to read more about this effort and send a message to the EPA to urge them to protect our waters. > https://secure.earthjustice.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1135&JServSessionIdr004=x52d3txfk2.app333b

    Thanks for your help.

    Thomas C. Kiernan

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