Environmental sustainability: Flying toward a more sustainable future

United celebrates the people and communities across our planet as we seek to become the most environmentally conscious airline in the world.

Funding supports:

Programs focused on combatting climate change, improving local air and water quality, and reducing waste.

Recycling and redistributing decommissioned goods

Research and development programs focused on reducing carbon in the atmosphere

United works with environmental partners in our community to better understand and reduce our impact on the planet.

United Hosts Cleantech Startups To Pitch Electric Ground Service Equipment Solutions

In 2023, United hosted the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) for a day-long event at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), where eight startup companies participated in a “Shark Tank”-like format to pitch solutions for how United can more effectively charge and utilize electric Ground Service Equipment (eGSE).

The startups were specifically asked to present options to improve eGSE charging infrastructure.

The charging solutions pitched highlighted ways to use existing proprietary equipment, such as mobile battery and charging technologies, to expand the range and efficiency of battery-powered eGSE.

Arbor Day Foundation

United Airlines partners with the Arbor Day Foundation to restore tree canopy in nature-deprived communities.

“Expanding canopy not only improves the natural beauty of dense, urban communities, but it can also provide a spark for transformational change. United has shown that they are devoted to making strides towards environmental innovation and understand the importance of working together to lift up communities in need,” said Dan Lambe, Chief Executive at the Arbor Day Foundation.

This new partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation is an exciting opportunity to introduce the United community to environmental engagement in places that need it most. Through a hands-on approach involving technological innovation and shifting the industry’s cultural dynamics, United continues to inspire customers, employees and operational partners to strive towards a more sustainable future.

Good360 Partnership

United has partnered with Good360 since 2016, donating items from throughout our operation to Good360’s network of nonprofits. Upcycling United goods reduces waste and furthers the lifecycle of such products. In 2023, United hosted Amenity Kit Upcycling events in all of our hub airports and our Corporate Support Center in Chicago. These events reduce our waste and provide hygiene access to those who need it.

Good360 also includes upcycled United amenity kit items in hygiene kit packs for their other corporate partners. Together, United and Good360’s hygiene kits benefitted over 115,000 individuals in need in 2023 alone.

Elemental Excelerator

In 2023, United supported Elemental Excelerator’s EDICT Internship Program, which has a commitment to create a more diverse and inclusive climate sector. EDICT provides a 10-week paid internship that offers college students and recent graduates an opportunity to gain hands-on experience, engage with climate issues and build a professional network in the climate sector. In 2024, United will welcome our first EDICT intern to help us fly toward a more sustainable future.