SFO Achieves Airport-Wide LEED Platinum Certification, First in the World

posted on 21st September 2022 by Eddie Saunders
SFO Achieves Airport-Wide LEED Platinum Certification, First in the World

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced it has become the first in the world to earn airport-wide certification at the Platinum level under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4.1 for Communities program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

While individual buildings at SFO have previously earned LEED status, this latest achievement certifies the entire existing airport campus using the LEED for Cities and Communities rating system, which provides a framework for measuring, managing, and improving the performance of water and energy use, quality of life, waste, transportation, ecology, and other factors at a campus level.

“We are honored to be the first in the world to have our entire airport campus certified as a LEED Platinum Community,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero.

“SFO functions very much like its own city, and this certification recognizes the incredible efforts happening every day by staff across campus to ensure that our energy, water, fuel, transportation, broader systems all operate towards our goal of achieving zero emissions, zero net energy, and zero waste going to landfill.

“We share this achievement with all that travel through and provide service excellence for our Airport.”

“LEED has been a transformative tool for buildings, and we are now seeing the impact it can have at a wider scale with LEED for Communities certification for an entire airport campus,” said Peter Templeton, interim president and CEO, USGBC.

“By prioritizing issues such as sustainability, resilience, green infrastructure and more, SFO is leading the way to a better world and helping USGBC continue toward our goal of a sustainable future for all.”

The LEED for Communities platinum certificate recognizes SFO’s innovative and continuing efforts focused on programs that aim to achieve zero waste, provide sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for aircraft, electric vehicles and busses, improved indoor and environmental quality for passengers and employees, all electric new facilities, and low embodied carbon (decarbonized) building materials.

An essential element of the LEED for Communities certification is the recognition that SFO has a portfolio of more than 45% of very high performing buildings or tenant spaces that are registered or certified to LEED or other equivalent green building rating systems.

SFO has previously earned LEED certification for approximately 1.85M square feet of space, including for the following most recently certified Airport buildings:

  • 2022: SFO Harvey Milk Terminal 1 Boarding Area B – LEED BD+C NC v4.0/4.1 Platinum
  • 2021: SFO Long Term Parking AirTrain Station – LEED BD+C NC v4 Gold
  • 2021: SFO Hotel AirTrain Station – LEED BD+C NC v4.0 Gold
  • 2020: SFO Grand Hyatt Hotel – LEED BD+C Hospitality v4.0 Gold
  • 2011: Terminal 2 – LEED BD+C NC 2009 (v3) Gold (first airport terminal in the United States to achieve Gold)