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Sustainability meets design: Improving our United Clubs

By The Hub team , April 16, 2018

If you've been to a United Club℠ location recently you've probably noticed the comfortable seating, featuring areas for both working and relaxing, not to mention a refreshed bar area where you can enjoy complimentary premium wines and spirits before your flight. What you may not have noticed is that some of our club locations have sustainable design elements weaved in, making them more energy efficient.

In fact, earlier this year the two United Clubs located at Denver's International Airport celebrated the new year with a distinction from Certifiably Green Denver. Following the United Club locations at Los Angeles International Airport, which was certified last year, Denver's East and West Clubs are now the second and third United club locations to earn the green certification.

"United set us up with a great foundation with Eco-Skies, and it was really just about focusing on what we could do to uphold this commitment to being green, sustainable and eco-friendly," said Denver Airport Lounges Manager, Jennifer Wartner.

Through its partnership with Certifiably Green Denver, part of the City of Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, the Denver team was able to improve efficiencies at the club. The work they've done includes transitioning to recycled products, ensuring customers have options when depositing their waste, and starting a compost program. Our United Club locations join 10 other businesses at Denver's International Airport that have earned the Certificate of Environmental Excellence from Certifiably Green Denver.

In addition to the United Club locations in Denver, our remodeled, 6,000-square-foot club at San Francisco's International Airport, near Boarding Area E, has been given a LEED Gold certification. The new United terminals in Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport and San Francisco International Airport have also received this certification, featuring sustainable design elements such as energy-efficient lighting and mechanical systems.

Recently ranked number one among global carriers in Newsweek's Green Rankings, we're constantly working toward a cleaner world and greener skies through our United Eco-Skies® program.

Can you wear that on Mars?

By The Hub team , September 18, 2019

If you can't get to Mars, what's the next best thing? Apparently Iceland. A team of renowned explorers and researchers recently journeyed to Iceland to test a Mars analog suit in a Martian-like environment.

The United sponsored expedition, led by The Explorers Club — an internationally recognized organization that promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air and space — and in partnership with Iceland Space Agency, involved the team venturing inside the Grímsvötn volcano and across the Vatnajökull ice cap. The group traveled to the remote location and lived for six days in the Grímsvötn Mountain Huts and endured harsh weather conditions and unstable terrain.

Helga Kristin Torfadöttir, Geologist and glacier guide, using the LiDAR system to map the ground and test the suit's capabilities on the glacier.


The objective of the mission was to explore the potential of concept operations at the Grímsvötn location while testing the suit in an arctic environment similar to what would be found on the surface of Mars. "This mission was an important test of the design of the MS1 suit, but it was also incredibly helpful to understand the how to conduct these sorts of studies in Iceland," said Michael Lye, MS1 designer and NASA consultant and RISD professor. "No matter how thoroughly something is tested in a controlled environment like a lab, studying it in a setting that accurately represents the environment where it will be used is absolutely essential to fully understand the design."

The suit was designed and constructed by faculty and students at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with input and guidance from members of the HI-SEAS IV crew and NASA's Johnson Space Center Space Suit Engineering team. At 50-60 lbs, the suit is similar to what a planetary exploration suit would weigh in Martian gravity. The suit was originally designed to be used in the warm climate of Hawaii, however the martian climate is much closer to what would be found on top of the glaciers in Iceland. The data collected will inform the future of habitat and spacesuit design that can be used to train astronauts on Earth.

A message from our CEO Oscar Munoz on the anniversary of September 11, 2001

By Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines , September 11, 2019

Today, we remember the colleagues, customers and every single victim of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

I know each of us in the United family marks this difficult moment in our own way. Still, we all share a common commitment to honor how our brothers and sisters left us and also celebrate what they gave to us during their lives. We remember their professionalism and heroism. We cherish their camaraderie and friendship. We carry with us the examples they set forth, especially in the heroism and bravery displayed by so many on that terrible day. Above all, we understand a simple truth: While thousands of our fellow human beings lost their lives in New York City, Arlington and Shanksville, the attacks of September 11th were aimed at all people of peace and good will, everywhere. They were attacks on the values that make life worth living, as well as the shared purpose that make us proud of what we do as members of the United family: connecting people and uniting the world.

We may live in times scarred by discord and disagreement, and we know there are those around the world who seek to divide us against one another. But, on this day – above all – we come together, as one. We affirm our core belief that far, far more unites us as citizens and fellow human beings than can ever divide us.

Let us embody that belief as we go about serving our customers and one another – on this day and every day – as we continue to help building a world that's more united. Let that be our memorial to the sisters and brothers we lost, eighteen Septembers ago.

Humbly,
Oscar

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