TPA racks up more sustainability awards
It’s been a busy fall season filled with awards for Tampa International Airport. The honors keep rolling in for TPA’s sustainability efforts including recognition at this month’s Airports Going Green Conference in Chicago where Tampa International Airport was honored for its sustainable infrastructure development related to work on Phase Two of the Airport’s Master Plan.
Three of the key projects that caught the attention of the selection committee were the Airport's new Blue Express Curbsides, the eco-friendly Central Utility Plant (CUP) and the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority's new office tower SkyCenter One. Each of those projects was designed with the Airport's sustainability goals at the forefront. The Blue Express Curbsides not only provide visitors a better customer experience, but the express lanes also alleviate bottle-necking, traffic congestion, and traffic idling which in turn helps reduce emissions and air pollution.
The Airport's new Central Utility Plant provides air conditioning to the Main Terminal, is 30% more energy efficient and uses 100% reclaimed water.
Earlier this year, the Airport's new office building, SkyCenter One was certified LEED Platinum – with energy efficient interior materials and water efficient plumbing fixtures. The building was constructed with recycled, locally sourced materials and features landscaping with 100% storm water capture and reclaimed water irrigation.
In recent weeks TPA was also honored outside the State Capitol Building in Tallahassee with an Energy Efficiency Award from the Florida Recycling Partnership Foundation along with a separate Sustainable Business Award from the Sustany Foundation at the Sustainable Buzz event November 10 at the Tampa Garden Club.
Congratulations to TPA’s Sustainability and Resilience Program Director Eric Caplan and the entire Planning and Development team!