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The San Diego County Regional Airport Airport Authority (Airport Authority) manages the day-to-day operations of the San Diego International Airport (SAN) and addresses the region’s long-term air transportation needs. SAN is also the busiest single-run commercial airport in the United States. To lessen SAN’s greenhouse gas emissions impact on local climate change vulnerabilities from the airport’s operations (i.e. minimizing energy usage), the Airport Authority has integrated sustainability across its social, environmental, and economic functions. In their commitment to sustainability, the Airport Authority is using the New Terminal 1 (New T1) project and zero-net energy (ZNE) Airline Support Facilities (ASF) as an opportunity for the Airport Authority to raise the profile of local climate leadership with an international impact, as well as sustain economic development and environmental stewardship for the San Diego region. Along with pursuing ZNE buildings, SAN’s climate reporting and planning efforts showcase how sustainable design and data-driven project planning can uplift the economic value, environmental stewardship, and regional community impact SAN and the Airport Authority contribute.

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energy, green building, climate change, climate action plan, San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, zero net energy


Environmental Education | Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment | Environmental Sciences | Sustainability

Revolutionizing the Integration of Sustainability & Zero Net Energy in the San Diego Region