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
- When TUL’s main runway was under reconstruction the materials removed were 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, 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. The trash is used as a fuel source to create steam which is converted to electricity that is transmitted to local commercial customers. In 2014, the Airport has reduced its landfill use by 80%. This equated to 725.5 tons of trash diverted from 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 TAAWEB@tulsaairports.com or find us at www.facebook.com/tulsaairports.