Cleveland Hopkins Goes Green for the Environment
CLEVELAND, April 20, 2012 – Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) is mending its impact on the environment. In collaboration with principal partners, CLE has made progressive strides in managing its environmental actions efficiently and effectively by reducing landfill waste, reducing water pollutants, and reducing energy consumption.
Landfill Waste Reduction: Since 2009 efforts to reduce the Airport’s landfill waste has resulted in the recycling of more than seven-thousand tons including: paper, glass, aluminum, and plastic from the terminal, concourses, and Department of Port Control office spaces; as well as light bulbs (fluorescent, high intensity, U-tubes, and incandescent), scrap steel, batteries (alkaline lantern, alkaline, nickel, cad, and lead acid) ballasts (PCB and non-PCB), waste oil (which heat buildings in winter months), computers, and spent aircraft deicing fluid. In addition, major construction projects recycled a total of 1,100 tons of asphalt, 48,000 tons of concrete, and 2,400 cubic yards of soil, 300 tons of wood chips as well as the reuse of 315,000 cubic yards of foundry sand as structural fill for the recent Runway 6R-24L Uncoupling Project.
Water Pollution Reduction: More than 47 million gallons of spent aircraft deicing fluid (SADF) and impacted storm water from the 76-acre Centralized Deicing Facility was recovered during the 2009-2011 deicing seasons, resulting in more than 1 million gallons of high concentrate propylene glycol distilled and recycled. In order to minimize predictable queuing and fuel consumption, the Taxiway Q and Hold Pad project was implemented as part of a departure delay program for predictable weather events and possible allocation of slot departure times for peak periods. This project also constructed the largest subsurface water retention and sand filter system in Cuyahoga County in 2010. In addition, CLE has considered water quality and quantity initiatives from industrial and construction perspectives, wildlife hazards, inspection and maintenance requirements and constraints, aircraft and personnel safety, and acceptable Post Construction Best Management Practices.
Energy Consumption Reduction: Efforts to conserve energy and extend the useful life of CLE equipment prompted the installation of new LED lighting in the short-term parking garage and its stairwells, which reduced the Airport’s carbon dioxide emissions by the amount created by 194 cars. In addition, CLE has shut off the escalators and moving walkways connecting Concourse C to Concourse D during the off-peak hours.
“Positively impacting the health of our environment, our community, and its future generations is not taken lightly,” says Airport Director Ricky Smith. “Results from recent environmental actions demonstrate our commitment to improving our impact on the environment.”