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ATL becomes nation’s first airport ecodistrict

By Scott Henry

If Hartsfield-Jackson feels a little greener in recent months, it could be because, over the summer, ATL became the nation’s first airport ecodistrict.

“The Airport already had its own sustainable management plan,“ says Lamar, adding that the Airport is currently seen as a leader in such ecodistrict musts as water-resource management and community vitality. “This program is for the benefit of the entire Hartsfield-Jackson community,” including airlines, concessions vendors, and contractors.

Using the guidelines developed by EcoDistricts.org, a Portland, OR-based trade organization, ATL stakeholders agreed to focus on improvements in such areas as energy usage; air quality and carbon emissions; access and mobility; and materials managements. After months of planning and coordination, Airport EcoDistrict ATL was formally established Sept. 10.

While the Airport is not the first recognized ecodistrict in Atlanta – the Midtown business district claims that title – Lamar says Hartsfield-Jackson is the first airport ecodistrict in the U.S. and, quite likely, the world.

Those goals are expected to include:

  • Reducing electrical consumption by 20 percent
  • Expanding the number of electrical vehicle charging stations
  • Establishing a program to increase employee commuting options
  • Establishing a program to increase employee commuting options

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