PITTSBURGH, PA (April 22, 2014) – The Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) announced that six spaces in Pittsburgh International Airport’s short-term parking garage have been marked for Level I electric vehicle charging. These spaces are located on the third (roof) and second levels of the garage. Special green and white markings have been painted to identify the spaces. Additionally, a regulation traffic sign, marked with “Power Up,” has been hung above each of the six spaces.
“The Airport Authority is dedicated to sustainable initiatives, resulting in a great reduction in environmental impacts while also enhancing efficiencies at Pittsburgh International Airport,” stated David Minnotte, Chairman, ACAA.
The Airport Authority has a history of implementing sustainable programs including the following completed in the past year:
Bottle Refilling Stations
More than 26,200 plastics bottles have been saved from landfills since the Airport Authority installed six water bottle refilling stations at Pittsburgh International Airport in late 2013. The refilling stations, four of which are located in the airside terminal at the entrance of each concourse and two more before and after the screening checkpoint, allow passengers and employees to conveniently and easily refill water bottles, with very little spillage. Passengers can pack an empty water bottle in their carry on and refill at these stations once past the checkpoint, saving money and resources.
The Airport Authority recently completed the third phase of a lighting upgrade of exterior and interior buildings throughout Pittsburgh International Airport, including the landside terminal and the airport’s field maintenance buildings. The project featured the conversion to newer and more efficient light fixtures, including the installation of motion sensor lighting in many offices, saving money and energy. Based on today’s rates, this program realizes annual savings of 3.5 million kWh and $260,000.
Toner and Small Electronics
The Airport Authority also maintains a toner, ink cartridge and small electronics recycling program in its administrative offices. Last year, nearly 134 pounds of electronics were reused and 119 pounds were recycled, which is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 24 passenger vehicles.