SAN DIEGO – June 11, 2018 – The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority demonstrated a deep commitment to the community in the last year, spearheading a regional committee to study ways to improve traffic flow on Harbor Drive. It also worked to boost the regional economy, issuing millions of dollars’ worth of construction and procurement contracts to small and local businesses.
Those efforts and others are highlighted in “Aviation Matters: A Sustainability Report for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.” This annually produced report is now available at sustain.san.org.
This report highlights the Airport Authority’s activities and accomplishments for calendar year 2017. As before, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has guided the development of this report.
The Sustainability Report serves as a useful barometer for San Diego International Airport’s (SAN) relationship to the environment, the traveling public, its stakeholders and the greater San Diego community.
“At SAN, we are business-driven, passenger-centered and community-minded,” said Kim Becker, the Airport Authority’s President/CEO. “That means we are constantly looking for ways not only to improve the customer experience, but also to enhance our relationship with the region and minimize our impact on the environment.”
SAN has defined sustainability as “building an enduring and resilient enterprise by effectively managing our financial, social and environmental risks, obligations and opportunities.” That definition is founded on the concept of a “triple bottom line” using financial, social and environmental yardsticks.
Financial: The Airport Authority is committed to a financial strategy that is flexible, nimble and able to proactively address future changes in the aviation industry and in the overall economy.
Social: The “social” part of the sustainability strategy has two components, the first being an external focus on the community – acting as a good neighbor and responsive regional agency. The second is a commitment to ensuring the highest level of employee commitment and performance.
Environment: San Diego International Airport occupies 661 acres of sensitive waterfront property. In addition, the airport is a major consumer of water and energy. Therefore, the Airport Authority works hard to preserve and protect the immediate environment – including taking tangible steps to make the airport more resilient to sea level rise – while conserving scarce natural resources.
“This report represents our commitment to transparency and accountability – a cornerstone of sustainability,” said Brendan Reed, the airport’s Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs.
Examples of topics covered in the report include:
· Customers saw plenty of changes taking place in and around Terminal 2 in 2017 with the launch of two major projects: a new Parking Plaza and international arrivals facility. The Parking Plaza features one of the largest storm water capture and reuse systems in the region, which helps make the airport more resilient to sea level rise.
· The Airport Authority completed a major $291 million bond sale at a historically low interest rate to help cover construction costs of those projects.
· One of the Airport Authority’s top priorities is constantly analyzing the air service markets and making sure that SAN is serving the needs of the region. In 2017, SAN offered nonstop service to 62 destinations in the U.S. and nine international destinations.
· To improve access to the airport, the Airport Authority made it easier and more convenient for riders to use the ‘Trolley to Terminal’ shuttle service.
· There were also significant decreases in both energy and water use per passenger.
A two-page overview of the report can be found here. You can also watch a video about SAN’s sustainability efforts here.