The following are some of the ways SDIA is making a difference in the world with
its innovate approaches to sustainability. Here a few for starters.
Tern Endangered Species Protection Program – San Diego International Airport
continues to be the most productive California
least tern nesting colony in all of San Diego Bay. Last year, we yielded
over 144 least tern viable nests, which is the second highest total on record.
The Least Tern nesting season at SDIA runs from approximately April to September
each year. The airport’s Least Tern Nest Counter will be updated on a weekly basis
as nest counts at SDIA are recorded through the season.
Plenty of information and fun resources about the California Least Tern are a click
away, including a colorful brochure about
the endangered bird protected at SDIA,
an award-winning children's book about Laverne the Least Tern, an opportunity
to purchase your own copy of the book,
along with a plush Least Tern toy, a
free downloadable lesson plan about the endangered species for grades
K-3, a video showing a baby Least Tern
up-close and personal, a great blog post
about the birds, and a lot more information
Formal Sustainability Policy – San Diego International Airport was one of
the first major airports in the U.S. to adopt a formal sustainability policy. The policy was drafted by
a cross-functional staff team following a series of in-depth sustainability workshops
held for Airport Authority management. The airport’s Sustainability Policy as formally
adopted by the Airport Authority Board on February 7, 2008.
Greenhouse gas reduction agreement – In May, 2008, the Airport Authority
and the California State Attorney General’s office entered into a landmark agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at
San Diego International Airport. In announcing the agreement, the Attorney general
said, "Under this agreement, the San Diego airport will play a key leadership role
in helping California meet its aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets. This
agreement is another example of how … local government is leading the fight against
San Diego Regional Sustainability
Partnership – The Airport Authority was a founding member of this consortium
of more than 60 of the region's business, nonprofit, government, academic and military
organizations. The Partnership was founded to lead and promote practices to support
sustainable initiatives in the region. Airport Authority staff members played a
key role in the Partnership’s early leadership.