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 administrative areas, public areas and from participating vendors;
- 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;
- 4 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; an additional 130,000 tons of concrete were assigned a productive use from the taxiway Juliet (TW J) rehabilitation project.
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. 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 2020, the measurable Green Initiatives recycling efforts at TUL have rerouted almost 5,243 tons of reusable materials away from the MSWLF.
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. 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.