Airport takes Better Buildings Challenge award

Filed in Sustainability by on December 9, 2014
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Doug Strachan, Denise Quarles and Charles Marshall accept the award on behalf of Hartsfield-Jackson.

For the second year in a row, Hartsfield-Jackson has won a Top Performer award from the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge for its transition to energy-efficient LED lighting in the north and south domestic terminal parking decks.

The award was announced Dec. 2 in a recognition ceremony at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

“The City of Atlanta applauds the Airport in its efforts to make our city a more sustainable place to live and conduct business,” said Denise Quarles, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “Their hard work is just the beginning, and we are glad that they are paving the way for other Atlanta BBC participants.”

In early 2012, airport officials decided to replace all 4,342 of its 210-watt metal-halide fixtures with 80-watt LED fixtures. The $1.7 million project was funded by a loan from the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, which, in turn, used federal grant monies.

The new lighting has saved the Airport more than $500,000 a year in energy costs, said DOA Innovations Manager Doug Strachan, who spearheaded the project and accepted the award with Utilities Manager Charles Marshall. In the two-and-a-half years since the lights were installed, only one fixture has burned out. The carbon-reduction impact of the project is estimated to be equivalent to taking more than 500 cars off the road annually.

Along with Seattle and Los Angeles, Atlanta was one of the first cities selected by President Obama in 2011 to participate in this U.S. Department of Energy-backed Better Buildings Challenge. The sustainability program has since expanded throughout the country.

The Atlanta BBC has grown to include more than 228 buildings, with 73 million square feet of space, in Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead.

“As we enter the fourth year of the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, I am proud of the collective contributions that our participants have made to Atlanta’s economy and environmental footprint,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “The Atlanta BBC top performers have surpassed program expectations and continue to do so in a winning fashion. With this continued progress, I have no doubt that Atlanta’s portfolio of buildings will exceed the 2020 goals for both energy and water.”

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