Nashville International Airport’s ‘green initiatives’ extended to recycling nearly 190 tons of general waste last year, and the Tennessee gateway is on target to do even better in 2012 after recycling 45 tonnes of trash in the first quarter.
Its green credentials, fuelled by Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority’s determintion to be environmentally friendly, has led to the airport becoming one of only 12 US gateways chosen to participate in an FAA sustainabilty pilot programme.
As a result, the aiport will conduct a sustainabilty study in parallel with the team responsible for developing its new master plan, allowing sustainability to be incoporated into planning documents.
“Knowledge gained through the pilot programme will show us how we can achieve an airport’s forecasted demand while achieving aviation standards, and reducing an airport’s environmental impact,” said an FAA statement.
“The pilot programme will also help us develop programme guidance in this area of growing interest to airports.”
Further examples of Nashville’s commitment to the being environmentally friendly range from the use of reclaimed water for washing vehicles and an energy efficient lighting system in its new $70 million consolidated car rental (CONRAC) facility to recycling 87,435 tons of concrete for a rehabiliation project for Runway 2L/20R.
Ongoing sustainable facility improvements include:
• Replacing terminal lobby glass with more energy-efficient glass. To date, more than 20 tons of window glass have been recycled.
• Recycling more than 7 tons of scrap metal, to date, during the replacement of the terminal building escalators.
• Installing more energy-efficient lighting with new bulbs and/or fixtures throughout the terminal building and other MNAA-owned buildings, reducing BNA’s annual energy usage by more than 3 million kWh.
• Recycling more than 9,000 light bulbs and 13,000 ballasts during the lighting replacement project.
“Sustainability is crucial to our airports’ success, and as we plan for the future we are committed to using the most sustainable features and processes possible,” says Raul Regalado, MNAA’s president and CEO.
“We are ensuring a better future for the next generation, and that’s creating a great Nashville Airports Experience for our passengers, business partners and employees.”