The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) a gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. Terminal 4 achieved this distinction with the help of CodeGreen, which consulted on energy and sustainability during the certification process.
The LEED rating system was developed by the USGBC to distinguish buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated to better human and environmental health.
LEED scores for six environmental criteria, and there are four levels of LEED certification: certified, silver, gold and platinum.
JFK Terminal 4 achieved its gold certification by outperforming other airport terminals in energy management, reduction of water consumption and ratio of recycled material to total waste.
“Receiving LEED Gold certification is an incredible accomplishment for T4,” says Gert-Jan de Graaff, president and CEO of JFKIAT, the company that operates Terminal 4. “This certification is the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work and recognizes our efforts to lead the way in environmental protection and energy savings and our dedication to improving environmental quality for our employees, airlines, partners and more than 21 million annual passengers. We are thankful for our environmental consultant and partner, CodeGreen Solutions, for working alongside us through this process for more than a year.”