New milestone LEED certification for San Francisco International Airport – Airport World


San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the first gateway in the world to receive airport-wide LEED Platinum certification under the communities program developed by the US Green Building Council.

While individual buildings at SFO have previously earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status, this latest achievement certifies the entire existing airport campus under the LEED for Cities and Communities rating system.

The system provides a framework for measuring, managing, and improving the performance of water and energy use, quality of life, waste, transportation, ecology, and other factors at the campus level.

“We are honored to be the first in the world to have our entire airport campus certified as a LEED Platinum Community,” said SFO Airport Director Ivar Satero.

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“SFO operates very much like a city of its own, and this certification recognizes the incredible efforts that go into each day by employees across campus to ensure our power, water, fuel, transportation and broader systems are all performing well Working toward our goal of zero emissions, zero net energy and zero waste going to landfill.

“We share this achievement with everyone passing through and provide excellent service for our airport.”

Peter Templeton, Interim President and CEO of the USGBC, said: “LEED has been a transformative tool for buildings and we are now seeing the impact it can have on a larger scale with LEED for Communities certification for an entire airport campus.

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“By prioritizing issues like sustainability, resilience, green infrastructure and more, SFO is leading the way to a better world and helping USGBC continue to pursue our goal of a sustainable future for all.”

Platinum LEED v4.1 for Communities certification recognizes SFO’s innovative and ongoing efforts focused on programs aimed at achieving zero waste, providing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for airplanes, electric vehicles and buses, interior and improve environmental quality for passengers and employees, all electrical new equipment and building materials with low carbon content (decarbonized).

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SFO notes that a key element of LEED for Communities certification is recognition that it has a portfolio of more than 45% high-performing buildings or rental space that are registered or certified under LEED or other equivalent green building rating systems .

The airport has previously received LEED certification for approximately 1.85 million square feet, most recently LEED BD+C NC v4.0/4.1 Platinum status for its impressive Harvey Milk Terminal 1 Boarding Area B and LEED BD+ C NC v4 Gold accreditation for its AirTrain long-term parking station.



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