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Airports Going Green
Airports around the nation are focusing on environmental sustainability as they update their facilities. The FAA has incentivized this move by introducing the Sustainable Master Plan Pilot Program. What are some of the ways that airports are working toward becoming more sustainable? There are many examples, but here are just a few: Boston Logan Airport: The airport has a fleet of 20 miniature, 6-foot-tall wind turbines on the roof of the terminal. The turbines produce up to 100,000 kilowatts (kw), taking care of about 3% of the airport’s overall energy bill. San Francisco International Airport: They are working to make an entire terminal (Terminal 2) LEED Gold-certified. Initiatives include using natural light and getting cleaner, fresh air through a displacement ventilation system, selling locally grown food, using water reclamation technologies and encouraging paperless ticketing.