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Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Agrees 25% Water Cut with EPA

The Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport has agreed to reduce energy use by ten percent and water use by 25 percent under the EPA’s Sustainability Partnership program.

DFW has agreed to make the improvements during its $1.9 billion, seven-year renovation, the Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP), the EPA said. TRIP will renew the airport’s four original passenger terminals, and the goals will be measured against a pre-project baseline.

Other aspects of the renovation will focus on recycling and reuse of materials, pollution prevention, and resource conservation. All data on water, energy, and materials use will be reported to the EPA annually, DFW said.

EPA Region 6 will provide consultation on sustainable strategies and other tools to quantify economic and environmental benefits, and support efforts to reduce the airport’s environmental footprint.

DFW International Airport is the world’s eighth busiest airport with 57 million passengers per year.

So far, the TRIP project has completed demolition of Terminal A Phase I. DFW reports savings of $332,000 with recycling of 600 tons of materials. In all, an estimated 1,500 tons of materials will be recycled from Terminal A when complete. DFW said that it anticipates similar results at the other terminals.

The airport also said that the ongoing TRIP program and other renewal projects have achieved savings of 5.5 million gallons of water per month, following guidelines of the EPA’s WaterSense program. Planned upgrades to lighting are expected to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent, and planned changes to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are estimated to reduce energy use by about 35 percent in the four terminal buildings.

The International Airport has partnered with other EPA programs, namely the National Environmental Performance Track program in 2007. As part of its participation in the program, DFW aimed to cut 66,000 pounds of pollution by recycling de-icing chemicals, cut 46,000 kWh of energy use with upgrades and retrofits, and recycle 800 tons of waste through off-site recycling efforts.

This week the EPA also entered an Energy Star partnership with Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J., to improve environmental practices at the hospital.

The medical center has agreed to achieve at least a 10 percent reduction in energy consumption, increase the hospital’s recycling rate from 14 percent of solid waste to 35 percent, install water conserving equipment, including low-flow toilets and faucets, and complete the final phase of its 7,000 square-foot green roof, the EPA said.

Other efforts include a target to reduce plastic bottle use by 15 percent by 2013, improve office-related recycling, and require the use of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel in construction vehicles and equipment.

The medical center said it will submit an annual status report to the agency.

Photo: Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport

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