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Airport Authority Employees Have a Sustainable September

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Did you know that San Diego International Airport is one of the greenest airports in the world? We take sustainability seriously by committing ourselves to waste reduction and recovery, biodiversity, enhanced air quality and reduced emissions, and many more environmental initiatives. Ever wonder how we walk the walk?

This September, the 400+ Airport Authority employees participated in three green events learning about and improving our environmental impact!

Lunch and Learn

On September 12th, Airport Authority employees were invited to attend a Waste Diversion Lunch and Learn. Employees acquired knowledge about the zero waste lifestyle and proper waste diversion. They also received tips on how to live a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. Employees received reusable aluminum straws to cut down on the amount of single-use plastic straws at the Airport.

CA Coastal Cleanup Day

On September 16th, Airport Authority employees joined the public in helping clean up Spanish Landing Park through a partnership with I Love A Clean San Diego. Sixty-one volunteers from the airport and the community picked up 300 pounds of debris in three hours (147 pounds were recycled)! Some of the items we found? A quarter of a mouth of dentures, a pair of steel toed boots, and baby toys floating in the water. Volunteers learned about the negative impacts of trash on wildlife, received reusable straws, and helped keep San Diego Bay beautiful.

Sustainability Fair

On September 29th, the airport held its semi-annual Sustainability Fair. At no cost, all airport employees, tenants, and volunteers could properly dispose of their electronic and universal waste and donate unwanted items to Goodwill. Fair visitors enjoyed exhibitor booths hosted by SDG&E, SANDAG, TechniArt Lighting, and I Love a Clean San Diego. Over 10,000 pounds of e-waste was collected and will be recycled!

Are you interested in finding out more about our sustainability initiatives? Check out our sustainability report at or read more at