Incredible efforts are being made to reduce the carbon footprint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

With fully programmable LED lighting, parking space detection, and multiple electric vehicle charging stations, ATL West is the second largest deck in the world to be verified by Parksmart, which is a certification measuring and recognizing high-performing and sustainable garages. 

“Our approach has been to identify where we can reduce our energy footprint,” said Jeff Denno.

Jeff Denno and Polly Sattler are the senior sustainability planners behind the airport’s new sustainable management plan. Their goal is to achieve 100% clean and renewable energy at one of the world’s busiest airports by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

According to the Air Transport Action Group, the global aviation industry produces over 2% of all human-induced emissions. Denno says the way to fix this is to invest more in solar, wind, and other sources of alternative energy.

“By looking at our existing building stock, which is our major footprint right now, and identifying the opportunities to increase their efficiency, we lessen that footprint and protect our planet.” - Jeff Denno