Tulsa International Airport and R.L. Jones, Jr. Airport employees, consultants, and contractors have established and implemented environmentally sound operational initiatives since 1978. These initiatives have resulted in reduced energy consumption, lower operational costs, and decreased use of natural resources. Efforts include (but are not limited to):
- Cardboard, paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum recycling in public areas and from vendors;
- Paper product recycling in all administrative offices and in participating tenant offices;
- Post-consumer paper products in all restrooms;
- Limited thermostat controls to +/- 3 degrees;
- Automated energy controls 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;
- Through the first three quarters of 2018, 779 LED light retrofits occurred throughout the TUL campus. Projected total yearly savings from this effort alone is almost 573,000 kWh. Conversion to LED lighting continues to this day;
- 2-Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are located in the lower level of the airport parking garage;
- The material removed from TUL’s main runway reconstruction was used to level nearby areas of airport land for future development. This approach diverted 170,000 tons of concrete from area landfills;
- Once completed, the 130,000 tons of concrete removed from the taxiway “Juliet” (TW J) rehabilitation project will have been converted to fill material at TUL; and
- Concrete used in the runway and TW J reconstruction projects was mixed on site at the mobile batch plant. This process, along with the on-site crusher activities mentioned above, eliminated tons of air pollutant emissions from vehicles that would have otherwise driven to and from off-site locations.
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, 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. Effective November 1, 2017 all trash collected by the custodial service is either recycled or delivered to a renewable energy landfill. No trash collected for TAIT at TUL or RVS goes to the Municipal Solid Waste Landfill (MSWLF).
Through December 2018, the measurable Green Initiatives recycling efforts at TUL have rerouted almost 4,886 tons of reusable materials away from the MSWLF. That translates to 82% of the documented waste generated at TUL being reclaimed for beneficial reuse.
TAIT takes the responsibility of minimizing our environmental impact seriously. TAIT assembled teams of airport employee volunteers to research best practices and identify new opportunities for green initiatives. The Green Team and Sustainable Advisory Team reviews the performance of current programs and discusses upcoming opportunities. We would like to hear your ideas for a green initiative that would work at TUL or RVS. Email us at TAAWEB@tulsaairports.com or find us at www.facebook.com/tulsaairports.