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 and plastic 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;
  • All incandescent taxiway lights at Tulsa International Airport and R.L. Jones, Jr. Airport have been replaced with LED lighting, reducing the amount of electricity both airports use to light the airfields at night; and
  • TUL’s main runway is under reconstruction and old materials removed are being crushed and used to level areas of airport land for future development instead of going to a landfill.  Once this project is complete, we will have diverted 125,000 tons of concrete from area landfills.

In September 2009, the airport took another step to decrease our environmental footprint by diverting all trash generated at the airport terminal and satellite facilities to an “energy from waste” plant.  There it is burned and the steam is recaptured and converted to electrical energy which is sold to local companies.  This reduces the airport’s landfill usage by 90%.

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