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United Strengthens Sustainability Commitment Through Collaboration with More Than a Dozen New Community Organizations

Airline supports organizations focused on clean-technology innovation, recycling strategies, and grassroots environmental education and justice

CHICAGO, May 13, 2021 – United announced today that it has teamed up with more than a dozen new environmental, nonprofit partners to advance sustainability efforts across the airline's hub cities as well as Hawaii, complementing the airline's commitment to become 100% green and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 100% by 2050.

Among the 16 new partners are Carbon180 and RMI, which have worked with United to support decarbonization and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) initiatives at a policy level; Delta Institute and Liberty Hill, which have participated in listening sessions and awareness events with United employees; and Galveston Bay Foundation and Kanu Hawaii, with which United employees volunteered in Houston and on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Kauai in local cleanups and sustainable agriculture activities throughout Earth Month.

Since 2018, United has contributed more than $60 million in cash and in-kind contributions to nonprofit partners and United employees have volunteered more than 220,000 hours in communities across the country. With the addition of these new sustainability partners, the airline now supports 27 organizations focused on clean-technology innovation, recycling strategies, grassroots environmental education and justice, and other social impact initiatives – more than any other major U.S. airline.

"We are excited to partner with nonprofits in every one of our hub markets who are focused on protecting the environment, advocating for change, and driving innovation in sustainability," said Suzi Cabo, Managing Director, Global Community Engagement at United. "We have committed to becoming the most environmentally conscious airline in the world and, to achieve this, have a responsibility to drive meaningful change in the communities that we serve and put our people and planes to work for the greater good."

United's Global Community Partners

United will work with the following environmental partners in 2021:

Global Organizations that support broad programs from wildlife and nature conservation to renewable energy, located in the U.S. and around the world.

-Audubon International


-Conservation International


-GRID Alternatives*


Environmental Innovators – Organizations that foster research, development and programming focused on reducing carbon in the atmosphere and promoting renewable energy.

-Elemental Excelerator (San Francisco and Honolulu)*

-LA Cleantech Incubator (Los Angeles)

-Prime Coalition (Boston)*

-Rutgers University (Newark)*

Environmental Justice and Equity – Organizations that fight to ensure a more equitable future for our communities' most vulnerable members.

-Air Alliance Houston (Houston)*

-The Alliance Center (Denver)*

-Delta Institute (Chicago)*

-Groundwork Elizabeth (Newark)*

-Liberty Hill (Los Angeles)*

-San Francisco Baykeeper (San Francisco)

United Employee Social Impact – Organizations that support United's on-the-ground commitment to connecting people and uniting the world through employee volunteer opportunities.

-California State Parks Foundation (Los Angeles and San Francisco)

-City Parks Foundation (New York City)

-Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) (Washington, D.C.)*

-Galveston Bay Foundation (Houston)*

-Greater Newark Conservancy (Newark)

-Kanu Hawaii (Honolulu)*

-Mile High Youth Corps (Denver)

-New York Restoration Project (New York City)

-Potomac Riverkeeper Network (Washington, D.C.)*

-Shedd Aquarium (Chicago)

-Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado (Denver)*

*Denotes a new partnership in 2021.

United's 100% Green Commitment

At United, we believe the airline industry needs to be bolder when it comes to making decisions that confront the climate crisis. That's why we've committed to become 100% green and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 100% by 2050 by taking the harder, better path of reducing emissions from flying, rather than relying on traditional carbon offsets.

Here are some of the ways we're making sustainability the new standard in flight:

About United

United's shared purpose is "Connecting People. Uniting the World." For more information, visit, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

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