Sustainability Portfolio

Aircraft servicing equipment

Airport gates were upgraded at John Glenn Columbus International Airport with the help of a $2.7 million grant from the FAA that facilitated replacing petroleum-powered equipment with new emission-reducing units.  Read the press release for the entire story.

Shuttle bus energy conversions

John Glenn International shuttle buses cover about 1.2 million miles a year—the equivalent of driving around the world 48 times. After researching several alternative fuel and energy options for its former diesel-powered shuttle buses, the airport converted all buses to propane autogas because it is a cleaner fuel and a sustainable resource. The project achieved:

  • 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
  • 40 percent reduction in smog-producing hydrocarbon emissions
  • Significant fuel and maintenance cost savings
  • Less noise pollution

CMH first airport to install runway LED High Intensity Edge Lighting

In 2013 John Glenn International was the first airport to install LED High Intensity Edge Lighting on its relocated south runway, where other LED lights were also installed. LEDs were also added to the north runway during 2016 renovations. In addition to a significant reduction in energy usage, LEDs provide greater visibility in all weather conditions.

CMH terminal LEDs increase electricity rebates

Energy-saving LEDs—installed during a three-year terminal modernization at John Glenn International—have contributed to an overall reduction of electricity consumption and a greater amount of electricity efficiency rebates. Smart energy-saving opportunities like these have become deliberate priorities when planning airport improvements.

Harvesting the sun's energy

Passengers thrive with free Wi-Fi and more than 2,000 power outlets throughout the John Glenn International terminal. To offset the electronics energy consumed by the 7.3 million passengers who travel through the airport each year, we installed 33 solar panels atop one of the concourses. Airport concessionaires sponsor a major portion of the solar project cost through a collaborative marketing fund. In exchange, concessionaires receive promotional perks in the form of airport marketing. Click to view real-time data and energy being produced by the airport's solar panels.

John Glenn International Development News

Read about John Glenn International's development program, including a new rental car facility and related construction projects.

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