The Salt Lake City Department of Airports has integrated environmental policies and practices, business operations and asset management functions to ensure that sustainability is managed holistically.
- Aluminum, paper, plastic, and other recyclables are collected from offices and recycled.
- Newspaper and plastic materials are recycled from other airport terminals.
- The airport recycles its used cardboard.
- Aircraft deicing fluid is collected, processed at a central recycling plant and resold.
- Asphalt and concrete are salvaged and stockpiled for re-use as road base or stabilization material in construction projects.
- Vegetation disrupted by construction is converted to mulch and reused on site.
- Metal from construction demolition is sent to a scrap metal facility for recycling.
- Used oil from the vehicle fleet and general aviation is recycled.
- Used tires and batteries are returned to suppliers for recycling.
Since 2001, the airport has planted a water conserving landscape that features plants that thrive in Utah’s high desert environment.
A drip irrigation watering system was installed for more efficient water use.
Restrooms are now equipped with water conserving plumbing fixtures which reduces water consumption by half.
The airport’s shuttle buses run on clean burning natural gas.
Light and medium duty vehicles have also been converted to natural gas.
Electric vehicles and hybrids have been incorporated into the airport fleet.
Tenants are offered incentives to use alternative fuel. A natural gas fueling station is located at the airport.
Use of Technology
A Building Automation System (BAS) calculates the most efficient use of boilers, chillers, cooling towers and distribution loops. This conserves energy and reduces operating costs.
The BAS also controls most of the lighting throughout the airport. Lighting is maximized through the use of daylight ambient sensors and time of day use.
BAS controls outside radiant heaters saving electricity.
Water based paint is now required replacing high emission producing oil based paints.
The airport encourages tenant participation in recycling programs. Delta Air Lines recycles inflight waste.
- The airport maintains 450 acres of wetlands west of the airport.
Thousands of light fixtures have beenreplaced with more energy efficient, long lasting fixtures.
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