Santa Monica Airport has been committed to a dedicated, comprehensive sustainability plan since 2009. The airport continues to be a leader in the general aviation industry by trying out new ideas and new technologies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improve energy efficiency, reduce water use and waste generation, and conserve natural resources.


The Santa Monica Airport Sustainability Plan (SMASP) outlines, coordinates and  monitors the airport’s green initiatives. SMASP addresses major infrastructure and aviation issues such as Air Quality, Noise Management, Storm Water Management, Hazardous Wastes and Energy Consumption.

Green Initiatives

Santa Monica Airport is committed to providing outstanding leadership in pursuit of sustainability within the aviation industry. Some recent Green Initiatives include: 

LED Lighting

Santa Monica Airport was the first airport in the country to install energy-saving LED runway and taxiways lighting in 2010. LED light fixtures now also illuminate Airport parking lots and the exterior of the Administration Building. LED (light-emitting diodes) lighting is extremely energy efficient, and environmentally friendly — containing no mercury or lead — reducing the airport’s carbon footprint. LED lighting fixtures last significantly longer than traditional incandescent light fixtures, reducing maintenance and material costs. 

Solar Power

A Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) system was installed on the roof of the 3200 Airport Avenue office building in 2010 to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. In addition, 50 PV parking lot lights are in use at the airport.

Green Office Certification

In October 2013, the Airport Administration Building became the first City of Santa Monica office to earn a Green Office Certificate (GOC). An initiative of the City of Santa Monica Sustainability Advisory Team (SAT) and Office of Sustainability and the Environment (OSE), GOC promotes leadership in employee education, waste reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation, pollution prevention, sustainable procurement and transportation management.

Highlights of the Airport GOC program included a water assessment resulted in the installation of water-efficient toilets and faucets at no cost to the Airport for an estimated annual savings of 200,135 gallons of water and $2,020 in water and sewage fees per year. An additional $1,100 in energy savings was garnered simply by adjusting settings on the air-conditioning system. Other new initiatives included installing additional recycling bins while removing traditional waste cans; creating and posting signage to encourage recycling and minimal use of paper products; evaluating current purchases and actively changing to recycled-content products whenever possible; installing a composting bin in the kitchen area and educating staff on its usage; and replacing disposable paper wares with reusable plates, glasses and eating utensils.

Alt Powered Vehicles

All City vehicles used on the airport are alternate powered. In addition, the Airport has two public Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations with preferential parking to encourage use of alt fuel cars by tenants and visitors. Airport employees have access to a City bike for business errands, and take advantage of City Ride Share incentive programs.

Sustainable Demonstration Gardens

Installed in 2011, the Airport Avenue Demonstration Gardens are a collection of three distinct sustainable landscapes offering inspiration, plant lists, and irrigation information for installing an eco-friendly landscape.

Airport Avenue Demonstration Gardens


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