Members of the City of Philadelphia’s Division of Aviation are commemorating Earth Day by highlighting some of the resiliency and sustainability initiatives that have become part of the standard operating procedures at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE). The Division of Aviation’s strategic plan focuses on driving sustainability efforts across all functional areas, driving home the importance of the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit.
In a video created to celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, staff members shared the benefits of these programs, along with ways the public can incorporate environmentally friendly activities into their daily lives.
Spotlighted PHL/PNE programs include:
- Incorporating sustainability and resiliency measures into all capital development professional services request for proposals (RFPs) in order for projects to benefit the airport and its community
- Establishing a Climate Resiliency Plan that will prepare PHL for climate change hazards
- Continuing plans to build a solar array at PNE to cover all of the airport’s energy demands
- Donating excess food to Philabundance (the PHL Food & Shops’ merchants donated more than 9,400 pounds of food to Philabundance, resulting in over 7,800 meals for Greater Philadelphia residents experiencing food insecurity)
Airport team members also featured biking to work, using plants in the home and office and participating in community garden programs as personally rewarding ways to help the environment.