The Good Traveler allows guests to pay to offset greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by aircraft. As an example, carbon emissions from a single person’s roundtrip flight from LA to New York can be offset for about $12, saving about 2,000 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere.
"LAWA continues to lead the way for airport sustainability, with ambitious goals that will set global standards," said Samantha Bricker, Chief Sustainability and Revenue Management Officer, LAWA. "By working with The Good Traveler program, LAWA is offering an easy and direct way for its guests to participate in the fight against climate change by voluntarily offsetting carbon emissions from their flights."
To purchase offsets before or after a trip, guests simply visit thegoodtraveler.org. The website includes a simple calculator where a traveler inputs their origin and destination, how many passengers are flying and other information.
A carbon offset is an initiative designed to counteract the impact from existing GHG emissions through building sustainable solutions that capture or otherwise keep sources of GHG from emitting into Earth's atmosphere. The Good Traveler funds projects that lower carbon emissions in a variety of ways, including the sustainable planting of trees to capture carbon or investing in clean, zero-emission wind energy production.
Since its founding, the program has helped airports and travelers reduce over 86,000 metric tons of carbon, the equivalent to flying over 550 million miles carbon free. Since LAX's soft launch of its membership in The Good Traveler in February 2020, guests have offset approximately 95 metric tons of emissions.
LAWA is committed to "boldly moving to zero," meaning that both LAX and Van Nuys Airport will achieve net zero in the following areas by the year 2045: no potable water consumed for non-potable uses, zero carbon emissions from LAWA operations and zero waste. LAWA is also committed to using 100% renewable electricity by 2045. Learn more about our sustainability initiatives at https://www.lawa.org/lawa-sustainability.