When the Airport Authority began operating Bob Hope Airport in 1978, the principal environmental issue associated with the Airport was aircraft noise. In today’s world it has become apparent that everyone must strive to achieve sustainability in the long term, and the Airport actively seeks ways to reduce its carbon footprint, reduce air and water pollution, and reduce energy usage. The following are a few examples of achievements in this area.
Clean Air Program
In 2005, the Airport implemented a Clean Air Program, under which it installed battery chargers for electric ground service equipment at all 14 aircraft parking positions at the terminal. That installation allowed the airlines to replace much of their diesel and gasoline-powered equipment with electrified equipment, resulting in reduced air pollution.
The parking lot shuttle fleet has been reconfigured with low-sulphur diesel engines and special exhaust traps, reducing particulate matter 96 percent compared to the previous fleet of older generation diesel buses. Looking ahead, the Authority will test a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) engine in one of its shuttle buses.
LEED Compliant Hangar
The Airport is home to the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System platinum-certified aircraft hangar in the nation. The 63,653-square-foot hangar has innovative and locally sensitive design elements throughout the project.
Waste Disposal Improvements
The Authority’s waste disposal provider recycles up to two-thirds of the Airport’s waste stream, preventing it from ever reaching a landfill.
Use of recycled water has been enhanced and catch basin filters have been installed to help collect pollutants before they enter the storm drain system.
Faucet aerators and hands-free faucets in the terminal make water usage more efficient, and drip irrigation plus low water consuming landscaping conserve water on the premises.
Energy Efficient Measures
Lights in the parking structure and both terminals have been replaced with energy efficient bulbs. Taxiway lighting systems have been replaced with LED lighting and other “smart technology” enhancements have been made.
The Airport has a test installation of hybrid “ice energy” air conditioners that produce ice at night when power rates are low and which then chills the air conditioner coolant during the day, reducing both C02 and Nox.