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SFO Awarded Platinum LEED Certification

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) said this week it has become the first airport in the world to earn airport-wide certification at the Platinum level from U.S. Green Building Council under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

While individual buildings at SFO have previously earned LEED status, this latest achievement certifies the entire existing airport campus using the LEED for Cities and Communities rating system, which provides a framework for measuring, managing, and improving the performance of water and energy use, quality of life, waste, transportation, ecology, and other factors.

“We are honored to be the first in the world to have our entire airport campus certified as a LEED Platinum Community,” said Ivar Satero, SFO director. “SFO functions very much like its own city, and this certification recognizes the incredible efforts happening every day by staff across campus to ensure that our energy, water, fuel, transportation, broader systems all operate towards our goal of achieving zero emissions, zero net energy, and zero waste going to landfill. We share this achievement with all that travel through and provide service excellence for our airport.”

The LEED for Communities platinum certificate recognized SFO’s innovative and continuing efforts focused on programs that aim to achieve zero waste, provide sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for aircraft, electric vehicles and busses, improved indoor and environmental quality for passengers and employees, all electric new facilities, and low embodied carbon (decarbonized) building materials.