2019 was a busy year for Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport’s Sustainability Program. We continued our focus on the areas of Recycling, Energy, Noise, Emissions, and Water (RENEW); consulted our cross-disciplinary Sustainability Committee; and frequently engaged with stakeholders.
“PHL and PNE are committed to operating its facilities in an environmentally responsible manner so as to conserve existing resources and to create a better environment for neighboring communities, the public at large, our guests, tenants, and staff. We are proud to present our fourth annual Environment Progress Report,” said Danielle Buehler, Sustainability Program Manager.
Some of the highlights included:
- Continued pilot of liquid collection stations at checkpoints, which have saved approximately $4,000 in hauling fees by reducing weight of materials collected
- Continued use of bottle filling stations throughout the terminals, which have kept more than 1.7 million plastic water bottles from being used
- Replaced exterior and interior lighting with LEDs, which reduce energy use and have a longer lifespan
- Celebrated one year of operating an entirely Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) shuttle fleet, a milestone in our transition to alternative fuels
- Began tracking noise complaint response time
- Prioritized material reuse on PNE’s Runway 6-24 Strengthening Project
- Selected a wetland mitigation site in FDR Park and completed conceptual design
“2020 will look different than we previously imagined as we pivot in the face of new challenges and many unknowns. We are prioritizing the health and safety of our employees and promoting social justice within our community, as these objectives are fundamental to our sustainability as an airport enterprise. We thank our business partners, guests, and community for your help as we continue the push toward a sustainable and resilient future,” said Buehler.
Download our 2019 Environmental Progress Report