Environmental Responsibility

Environmental issues are a prime consideration in the planning and construction of all modernization projects. This will mean extensive use of recycled materials, sustainable energy sources, particularly solar, and procurement of more energy-efficient machinery. 

Along with functionality and operational efficiency, the Airports Modernization Program also seeks to introduce, maintain and enhance environmental, social and cultural elements that can set Hawaii’s airports apart from facilities elsewhere, and to design projects to be environmentally sustainable. For example, Kona International Airport at Ke`ahole will be the first airport in the world to be cooled by deep ocean water. Once the system is proven, it will be added to other state airports.
The Airports Modernization Program will apply Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation. This is the nationally-accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.
LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Sustainability is an integral part of the goals of the modernization program. As the State embarks on such a comprehensive program, it is recognized that there is great responsibility for all involved to understand and respond to the issues of sustainability as the program is developed and implemented.   The program recognizes the sustainability efforts made by both governmental and non-governmental organizations in Hawaii and the aviation community, and endeavors to support those efforts as much as possible. This includes, but is not limited to:
·   Hawaii Lead by Example State Agencies’ Energy Initiative
·   Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative
·   Global Warming Solutions Act
·   Hawaii Energy Code
·   Hawaii Guidelines for energy efficient buildings
·   Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan
·   ACI-NA Sustainability Committee
It is the intention of the Airports Modernization Program to join other airports that are taking leadership roles in the development of airport sustainability standards, and committing to continually improve and evolve the sustainable performance of all facets of the airport organization and operation. A strong sustainable program facilitates evolvement of best management practices and a constant progressive development of standards for balanced performance.
The benefits of this are clear. It just makes good sense for the airport. Performance based development will provide the greatest opportunity for responsible operation. A high performing airport will minimize waste, responsibly use resources, provide efficient connectivity, create jobs and generate revenue.
To carry out DOT-A’s Sustainability Program values and objectives, DOT-A has developed guiding documents for individual airport reference, including Sustainable High Performance Guidelines (SHPG) to facilitate the integration and implementation of sustainable best practices in all Modernization projects. The Guidelines are intended for use at the project level only, and includes best practices for general construction, occupied buildings, support facilities, roads and runways, utilities and infrastructure, and other civil projects. This document supports and recognizes all sustainability efforts being made by both governmental and non-governmental organizations in both the Hawaii and aviation community.
SustainableHNL (sHNL) for Honolulu International is the first airport sustainability initiative and pilot for the Hawaii’s airports system.