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The Salt Lake City Department of Airports has integrated environmental policies and practices, business operations and asset management functions to ensure that sustainability is managed holistically.


  • Aluminum, paper, plastic, and other recyclables are collected from offices and recycled.
  • Newspaper and plastic materials are recycled from other airport terminals.
  • The airport recycles its used cardboard.
  • Aircraft deicing fluid is collected, processed at a central recycling plant and resold.
  • Asphalt and concrete are salvaged and stockpiled for re-use as road base or stabilization material in construction projects.
  • Vegetation disrupted by construction is converted to mulch and reused on site.
  • Metal from construction demolition is sent to a scrap metal facility for recycling.
  • Used oil from the vehicle fleet and general aviation is recycled.
  • Used tires and batteries are returned to suppliers for recycling.

Water conservation

  • Since 2001, the airport has planted a water conserving landscape that features plants that thrive in Utah’s high desert environment.

  • A drip irrigation watering system was installed for more efficient water use.

  • Restrooms are now equipped with water conserving plumbing fixtures which reduces water consumption by half.

Alternative Fuels

  • The airport’s shuttle buses run on clean burning natural gas.

  • Light and medium duty vehicles have also been converted to natural gas.

  • Electric vehicles and hybrids have been incorporated into the airport fleet.

  • Tenants are offered incentives to use alternative fuel. A natural gas fueling station is located at the airport.

Use of Technology

  • A Building Automation System (BAS) calculates the most efficient use of boilers, chillers, cooling towers and distribution loops. This conserves energy and reduces operating costs.

  • The BAS also controls most of the lighting throughout the airport. Lighting is maximized through the use of daylight ambient sensors and time of day use.

  • BAS controls outside radiant heaters saving electricity.

Management Practices

  • Water based paint is now required replacing high emission producing oil based paints.

  • The airport encourages tenant participation in recycling programs. Delta Air Lines recycles inflight waste.

  • The airport maintains 450 acres of wetlands west of the airport.
  • Thousands of light fixtures have beenreplaced with more energy efficient, long lasting fixtures.


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Noise Monitoring

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Storm Water

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Wingpointe Golf Course

Wingpointe Golf Course

Just south of the terminals, the course is set into the natural environment.


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