Many building owners desiring to demonstrate commitment to the environment
and sustainability seek to design buildings or renovation projects that achieve
a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification status as
published by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). There are four
levels of LEED certification (from lowest to highest): Certified, Silver, Gold,
and Platinum. The LEED certification process is a rigorous one, requiring
engineers and architects to incorporate specific environmental-enhancing
elements into a design. The USGBC then evaluates designs using a scoring system
to determine the level of LEED certification the design earns.
In July 2007, the DOA was awarded its first LEED certification for Fire Station 33,
located adjacent to Runway 10-28. It was certified at the Silver level.
A second fire station, Fire Station 24, is also a LEED candidate.
This fire station, located in the northeast corner of the airfield,
began a major remodeling in 2008. It was completed in 2010 and is proposed
to be certified at the LEED Silver level.
The Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal (MHJIT) is under construction.
It was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. The MHJIT will be completed in 2012.
Learn more: Environmental Programs.