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Environmental report highlights Hartsfield-Jackson’s huge water savings
By A.B. Snedeker

Hartsfield-Jackson has cut annual water use by more than 20 percent — enough water to fill more than 10 Georgia Aquariums. This finding is among those in the Airport’s 2009 Annual Environmental Report.

The 28-page debut annual report chronicles the Airport’s recent and current environmental management efforts, initiatives and programs that address topics such as water and energy conservation, recycling, wetlands restoration, noise mitigation and sustainable buildings.

“Along with the City of Atlanta, the Airport is working to reduce its overall environmental footprint,” said Tom Nissalke, director of the Airport’s Environmental and Technical Services unit, which prepared the report. “The annual report is a tool that benchmarks the current status and helps us to set targets for further sustainability initiatives.”

One highlight of the report is the dramatic reduction in water use. From April 2007 to March 2008, the Airport’s terminal and concourses used 324.9 million gallons of water. The following year, water usage dropped by nearly 8 percent. Water consumption dropped by a further 61.2 million gallons — 20.4 percent — between April 2009 and March 2010. These savings are largely attributable to the installation of low-flow restroom fixtures and to significant upgrades and improvements in the heating and cooling system.

The Airport committed to producing an annual environmental report in its official Environmental Management Policy, which went into effect last fall. The policy is included as part of the full report.

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