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Partners in sustainability

At United, we're committed to working together with our employees and partners – including customers, airport employees, business partners, suppliers, governments and non-governmental organizations – to protect the environment.

Our employees and our communities

We have a comprehensive network of staff dedicated to addressing environmental compliance and sustainability issues, from our corporate Global Environmental Affairs Department to Eco-Teams at our hubs and facilities and Environmental Coordinators at local airports throughout the world. Our employees play an important role in making our environmental commitment a reality through the work they do every day.

In 2012, United launched the Eco-Skies Community Grants Program, empowering our employees to make a positive environmental impact in the communities we serve. Each year, the program awards a total of $50,000 across 10 non-profit organizations that United employees volunteer with in our hub communities. Projects have included tree plantings, educational nutrition and horticulture classes, and urban beautification.

Industry engagement

United partners with municipal, state, federal and international governments to ensure aviation policies are sustainable from an economic, environmental and social perspective. Key initiatives, such as developing commercially successful biofuels and modernizing air-traffic-control infrastructure, hinge on significant government investment. United advocates at the federal, state and local levels for appropriate government environmental policies, investments and leadership. In addition, we participate with Airlines for America (A4A) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to advance aviation-specific efforts on climate change.

Preferred partners

United has long-standing relationships with a number of non-profit and corporate partners. Several of them are highlighted below:

Airlines for America


Chicago Gateway Green

Clean Energy Trust

Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative

Conservation International

International Air Transport Association

Los Angeles Business Council

San Francisco Business Council on Climate Change

Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group

Sustainable Brands

Sustainable Travel International

Sustainable Travel Leadership Network