Highlights Those With Eco-Friendly Innovations From Butterfly Gardens to Wind Turbines to Living Walls
TORONTO, ON -- (Marketwired) -- Apr 13, 2016 -- As some of the busiest transportation hubs on the planet, airports have a special role in helping reduce the travelling public's carbon footprint. From installing apiaries and gardens to capturing most of their energy needs via photovoltaic panels, some airports are leading the way towards a greener future. In honour of Earth Day, the travel experts at Cheapflights.ca, the champions of simple travel search, present 10 top eco-innovating airports that are the forefront of the effort to make travel more sustainable.
Below are five airports from around the world that are role models for environmental commitment and creativity:
- Changi Airport, Singapore - Singapore's Changi
International is consistently ranked among the best airports in the
world and was recently rated number one in the 2016 Skytrax World
Airport Awards. With all those accolades, it should come as no
surprise that Changi isn't just a much-loved airport, but also an
eco-conscious one. Changi boasts 919 skylights for natural light
allowing the airport to minimize the need for electric lighting
during the day. There's also an in-house nursery where the plants
that populate the airport's extensive green spaces and gardens
grow, and rainwater is harvested to irrigate these plants. Speaking
of gardens, Changi takes being "green" very seriously. The airport
has an impressive number of gardens including a cactus garden,
sunflower garden, orchid garden, water lily garden, butterfly
garden and a nature trail -- right in the airport.
- Pearson International, Toronto, Ontario, Canada -
Toronto's Pearson Airport has a unique eco-initiative that's been
getting some serious buzz. In addition to several ecological and
sustainability initiatives, Pearson has introduced a honeybee
apiary, dubbed YYbeeZ. The apiary can be found along the trail near
the Etobicoke Stormwater Facility and the honeybees are cared for
by a local beekeeper. The bee hives at Pearson are in place as a
way to help support food security and sustainable agriculture in
the airport's surrounding area.
- Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, India -
Terminal 3 at Indira Gandhi International Airport was awarded
LEED-Gold certification for new construction by the Indian Green
Building Council. The vast 501,676-square-metre terminal, which was
constructed with a high percentage of recycled content, optimizes
the use of natural light. In addition, battery-powered vehicles are
used for transporting travellers between terminals, and the water
management and treatment program uses more than 300 rainwater
- Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada - YVR is the first Canadian airport to install
a green wall -- the largest living wall in North America. The
18-metre wall is home to 28,249 plants on 2,173 panels and even has
a built-in irrigation and feeding system. But YVR's efforts go well
beyond the wall. Since 2003, the airport has utilized solar hot
water heating systems in the domestic and international terminals,
which help heat more than 800 gallons of hot water every hour --
adding up to $110,000 in energy savings each year. Vancouver
International also makes it easier for passengers to make
eco-minded ground transportation choices. One hundred hybrid and
natural gas-operated taxis are licensed to pick up passengers, a
move that resulted in the equivalent of taking 1,651 cars off the
road and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 8,422 tonnes a
- Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, United States - In the summer of 2011, an aeroponic garden was installed on the mezzanine level of O'Hare Airport's Rotunda Building. It was the first aeroponic garden at any airport in the world and its produce supplies many of the airport's restaurants. Some green goodies being grown include Swiss chard, three types of basil, cilantro, dill, parsley, chives, bibb lettuce and gourmet lettuce mix. No fertilizers or chemicals are used in the garden. In addition, like Pearson, O'Hare has an apiary with more than 75 beehives and more than 1 million bees. O'Hare has the largest apiary at any airport in the world and the first major airport apiary in the U.S.
To read about the sustainability efforts taking root at five more cutting-edge airports -- San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California, United States; East Midlands Airport, East Midlands, England; Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado, United States; Galapagos Ecological Airport, Galapagos Islands; and Boston Logan International Airport, Boston, Massachusetts, United States -- see Cheapflights.ca's complete list of 10 top eco-innovating airports at www.cheapflights.ca/news/top-eco-friendly-airports.
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