JFK terminal grabs LEED gold
Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport has become the first air terminal in the United States to be awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance gold certification, according to the terminal’s operator.
Terminal 4 received the certification with help of CodeGreen, which provided energy and sustainability consulting through the certification process, according to JFK International Air Terminal (JFKIAT).
“This certification is the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work and recognizes our efforts to lead the way in environmental protection and energy savings, and our dedication to improving environmental quality for our employees, airlines, partners, and more than 21 million annual passengers,” said Gert-Jan de Graaff, president and CEO of JFKIAT.
The LEED gold certification recognizes T4 as one of the top performers in the world in energy management, water efficiency, air quality, waste management and green cleaning. Through improvements in operations and maintenance, T4 now has a 30 percent increase in performance compared to other airport terminals in energy management and uses 34 percent less water than comparable buildings. Additionally, in 2017, the terminal recycled 45 percent of total waste through its waste management program initiatives, including composting restaurant food waste, and collection procedures for cardboard, grease and building materials.
“JFK Terminal 4’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of the USGBC. “LEED was created to make the world a better place and revolutionize the built environment by providing everyone with a healthy, green and high performing buildings. JFK Terminal 4 serves as a prime example of how the work of innovative building projects can use local solutions to make a global impact on the environment.”
Terminal 4 opened in 2001 as a first-of-its-kind joint venture between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and JFKIAT (then a U.S. subsidiary of Schiphol Group), operators of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Since then, the terminal has grown exponentially from serving six million passengers per year to its current state of operation —an annual passenger volume of more than 21 million travelers.
Additionally, Terminal 4 actively gives back to the community by promoting its “4GOOD” philanthropic and sustainability program which encourages social change, well-being and environmental stewardship.
Companies: U.S. Green Building Council