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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.

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