When talking about airports and environmental issues, it’s hard to justify the airports. They pollute too much. However, the awareness raises and many airport managements turn toward implementation of eco-friendly measures in order t reduce the energy waste and carbon dioxide emissions. Here are seven airports which have done their best.
1. East Midlands Airport, England
The East Midlands Airport, located between Nottingham, Derby and Leicester in England, is the right example to follow. It uses wind turbines, ground-pump heaters and water recycling for significant reducing of the pollution. However, the management has no intention to stop there. They plan even more wind turbines, an increased on-site recycling, wildlife walks around the airport, and some new green transportation options.
2. Logan International Airport, Boston, Massachusetts
Logan International Airport is one of the world’s busiest, so it was very important for the management to consider implementation of some green measures. They did so, and made one of the world’s Greenest Airports. The terminals are LEED certified, and it’s the very first US airport to use an eco-friendly runway materials. When constructing new buildings only local construction products are considered, while the waste is recycled. The lightning is energy-efficient, the plumbing is water-efficient, and the roofing membrane and storm water filtration fight the “heat island” effect. Finally, the employees use public transportation to get to work.
3. Stevens Point Airport, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
The world’s biggest airports have to implement green technologies as their carbon dioxide emissions take very, very large proportions. However, there are some examples of small airports which do not have to handle the pressure as much as the bigger ones, but they still try to go green. The Stevens Point Airport is one of those which deserve praise, due to the use of solar panels and geothermal heat pumps.
4. Northwest Florida Beaches Airport, Panama City Beach, Florida
This is the most recently built airport on this list, and it features a large variety of the latest green technologies. It was constructed from recycled materials, on a land that was chosen considering the local native plants in order to reduce the water waste. It uses automated lightning and faucets, and the lightning in the building is natural as much as possible with the use of latest technologies. Of course, renewable resources are used for heating and cooling, too.
5. Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado
The constructors of the Denver International Airport have done very good job to make one of the world’s Greenest Airports. The environmental management system developed specially for overcoming the green issues has developed strategies for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. They use solar energy for electricity as much as possible; recycle regularly about 20 on-site materials, they use energy-efficient LCD monitors, and have the world’s greenest parking lot.
6. Zurich Airport, Switzerland
The Zurich airport uses the natural resources and the weather in Switzerland as much as possible. Heating and cooling run entirely on geothermal energy, while the toilet flushes use only rainwater. Despite that, it tries to collect solar energy when possible and uses an on-site compressed-natural-gas station. However, the most notable feature of this airport is the nature conservation zone settled between two runways.
7. San Francisco International Airport, California
This airport uses the sunny Californian weather to generate much solar power. The panels placed atop terminal three generate enough for all the needs of that terminal! Despite that, it features the first green car rental program in United States, airport kiosks selling carbon offsets, and the lightning and machinery are energy-efficient. There are also plans for local organic food options.