Atlanta airport first to earn LEED for Communities pre-certification

Atlanta airport first to earn LEED for Communities pre-certification

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The nation's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, has become the world’s first airport to be awarded precertification under the LEED for Communities program.

As part of a larger effort at the airport, the Department of Aviation’s Planning and Development (P&D) bureau is using the LEED pilot program to help drive sustainable design from planning to construction, according to the U.S. Green Building Council, which administers LEED.

As a result of the collaborative effort among USGBC, P&D and The Dragon Group, a green building consultant, the 4,600-acre airport campus is one of the first to use LEED for Communities to pursue certification. Precertification is achieved once projects clearly define the project scope, establish goals, identify stakeholders, create a governance structure, set up measurement and begin tracking key metrics.

LEED for Communities measures sustainability performance on a large scale. The program uses Arc, a digital platform that tracks the performance of any project, from a single asset to an entire city. Arc generates a performance score that allows projects like Hartsfield-Jackson to benchmark and track progress and compare performance against regional and global averages.

The airport is establishing a baseline performance score that, once completed, will be used in Arc to continuously monitor progress toward its aggressive 2035 Sustainability Goals. P&D has also been working closely with USGBC to start defining specific airport scoring in an effort to move all airports toward a higher level of sustainability performance.

Hartsfield-Jackson has achieved other sustainability successes, including:

  • LEED gold certification for Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal
  • Approval for Green Acres, a 30-acre waste diversion and energy park
  • More than 100 electric vehicle charging stations
  • Transition from plastic foam to compostable materials for all airport concessionaires
  • Launch of the Airport Employee Ride Options carpool program, supporting 65,000 employees daily


Topics: Airports / Aviation, Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Certifications, Sustainable Communities, Technology, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council

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