When your plane lands and you’re late for a connecting flight, waiting to taxi to the gate is frustrating. And it’s not just a problem for travelers. When a plane waits on the tarmac, it’s wasting fuel.
But at the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, planes have a route to taxi around – instead of across – busy runways, so they can go directly to the gate.
Sattler: “… so there’s a huge fuel savings, it’s a delay reduction, and there’s a climate benefit to that.”
It’s just one of many changes at the airport that make sustainability planner Polly Sattler proud.
By donating surplus food to a local group, the airport keeps waste out of the landfill, which reduces methane pollution. And energy efficient LEDs now light the runways and parking decks. These long-lasting bulbs do not need to be replaced as often.
Sattler: “It’s a reduction in our utility bills, but it’s also a reduction in our labor costs.”
So even though many of these efforts are good for the climate …
Sattler: “… we don’t necessarily talk about the greenhouse gas emissions or climate change …”
… because the improvements are great for the bottom line.
Reporting credit: Elizabeth LoGiudice/ChavoBart Digital Media.