Green Initiatives

Tulsa International Airport and R.L. Jones, Jr. Airport employees, engineers, and designers have implemented environmentally sound operational initiatives since 1978.  These initiatives have resulted in reduced energy consumption, lower operational costs, and lowered usage of natural resources.  Efforts include (but are not limited to):

  • Paper, plastic, and aluminum can recycling in all public areas;
  • Paper recycling in all administrative offices;
  • Post-consumer paper products in all restrooms;
  • Limited thermostat controls to +/- 3 degrees;
  • Automated energy controls to adjust the interior lighting based on the level of natural light in the terminal;
  • Incandescent runway, taxiway, and guidance sign lights at Tulsa International Airport and R.L. Jones, Jr. Airport are being replaced with LED lighting, reducing the amount of electricity both airports use to light the airfields at night; and
  • When TUL’s main runway was under reconstruction the material removed was crushed and used to level areas of airport land for future development instead of going to a landfill.  This approach resulted in 170,000 tons of concrete being diverted from area landfills.

Tulsa International Airport initiated an office paper recycling campaign in March 2010 and started aggressively working with tenants and vendors to promote sustainable activities where feasible. In November 2012, as a result of this collaboration, the Airport took another great stride to decrease our environmental footprint by recycling paper, plastics, aluminum cans, and cardboard generated by customers, staff, and tenants. The Airport also started diverting trash generated at the terminal and some satellite facilities to the “Energy from Waste” plant. Through calendar year 2015, the measurable Green Initiatives recycling efforts have rerouted over 2,198 tons (79%) of reusable materials away from the landfills.

We take our responsibility of minimizing our environmental impact seriously, and have assembled a team of airport employees to research best practices and identify new opportunities for green initiatives.  The Green Team reviews the performance of current programs and discusses upcoming opportunities.  If you have an idea for a green initiative that would work at TUL or RVS, we’d like to hear from you.  Email us at or find us at