The recently opened new $1.1 billion Indianapolis International Airport boasts a slew of improvements that, if they don’t make airline travel truly eco-friendly, do help to reduce its environmental footprint. Features at the new airport include:
- Low-e glass roofs and walls that minimise the need for artificial lighting during the day while preventing the interior space from taking in too much heat;
- Low-flow plumbing throughout the facility;
- Channels alongside aprons and taxiways that collect the glycol used to deice airplanes (the runoff is then filtered and the glycol recycled);
- A layout that reduces airline taxi times, helping to save about $12 million in fuel expenses each year; and
- Native planting and transitional green zones for absorbing and filtering airport runoff.
Designer Ripley Rasmus tells Triple Pundit the new airport is the first “sustainable, post-911, greenfield airport” in the U.S.
How sustainable air travel actually is is highly debatable, but if you’ve got to fly, every little bit counts, I guess.