The Department of Aviation actively embraces our role in social responsibility, maximizing operational efficiencies, ensuring economic viability, and minimizing the environmental impacts of airport operations. In 2006, we formed a committee representing a cross-section of the Department with the purpose of developing a recycling program, which still exists today, now with a broader focus on airport sustainability. The terminal and office recycling programs in place are a result of the committee’s efforts to keep tons of paper, plastic and aluminum generated by airport facilities out of the landfill with the added benefit of reducing operational costs. Other materials such as scrap metals, batteries, toner cartridges, waste oil, tires, and carpet are also recycled.
Sound environmental principles drive many operations at our five airports and rental car facility. Efforts to “green” operations include installing more efficient parking garage and airfield lighting, swapping out turf for drought-tolerant xeriscaping, installation of stations that allow passengers to refill reusable water bottles, and the use of a non-toxic, multi-purpose cleaning product and paper goods that reduce the packaging, waste and shipping costs associated with traditional products. Our employees continue to generate and implement best practices that help the airport become more sustainable and to work with airport partners to spread the message and solicit ideas to improve upon facility operations.
The Department has partnered with local businesses and charities to explore new ways to serve the community through donating items that have reached the end of their useful life or can be reused or repurposed. Community-minded endeavors include volunteering in our local community through the Community Enrichment Team; partnering with efforts of other non-profit and school organizations for charitable purposes and participating in educational outreach events. The department also has a Small, Women- and Minority-Owned Businesses Participation /Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program. Many tenants who operate out of Department of Aviation facilities also serve the larger community by participating in environmental, charitable and educational outreach activities of their own.
The Department of Aviation serves as a significant driver to the economy in the southern Nevada region which hosts many large events and meetings. The airport facilities are not only large employers, but are gateways to visiting domestic and international tourists and over two million local residents. The multi-year Terminal 3 project, completed in 2012, was a benefit to the community in the construction jobs it created during a major economic downturn. The Department of Aviation facilities provide the high level of customer service the public has come to expect, with improvements in design, delivery and maintenance from funding that is generated through operational revenues, passenger fees and grant funding. Sustainability is not just an abstract concept; it’s the way to do efficient airport business that benefits everyone and will carry us into the future.
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For more information contact the Aviation Sustainability Action Team