For Immediate Release
Jacqueline L. MayoCommunications Manager(216) 265-3303 / (216) 857-7151Carolyn L. WiddowsonMedia Relations(216) 265-2723 / (216) 857-2158
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 madeprogressive 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 e
fforts 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 Controloffice spaces; as well as light bulbs (fluorescent, high intensity, U-tubes, andincandescent), scrap steel, batteries (alkaline lantern, alkaline, nickel, cad, and leadacid) ballasts (PCB and non-PCB), waste oil (which heat buildings in winter months),computers, and spent aircraft deicing fluid. In addition, major construction projectsrecycled a total of 1,100 tons of asphalt, 48,000 tons of concrete, and 2,400 cubic yardsof 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 deicingfluid (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 milliongallons of high concentrate propylene glycol distilled and recycled. In order to minimizepredictable queuing and fuel consumption, the Taxiway Q and Hold Pad project wasimplemented as part of a departure delay program for predictable weather events andpossible allocation of slot departure times for peak periods. This project alsoconstructed the largest subsurface water retention and sand filter system in CuyahogaCounty in 2010. In addition, CLE has considered water quality and quantity initiativesfrom industrial and construction perspectives, wildlife hazards, inspection andmaintenance requirements and constraints, aircraft and personnel safety, andacceptable Post Construction Best Management Practices.
Energy Consumption Reduction
Efforts to conserve energy and extend the usefullife of CLE equipment prompted the installation of new LED lighting in the short-termparking garage and its stairwells, which reduced
carbon dioxide emissions by the amount created by 194 cars. In addition, CLE has shut off the escalators andmoving walkways connecting Concourse C to Concourse D during the off-peak hours.
Positively impacting the health of our environment, our community, and its futuregenerations is not taken lightly
,” says Airport Director Ricky Smith. “Results from
recent environmental actions demonstrate our commitment to improving our impact onthe environme