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Find out more about our efforts to make flying more green.

Developing and operating airports that interact responsibly with the environment is one of the key goals at the Sacramento County Department of Airports.  Here are some of the ways that Sacramento International Airport is attempting to reduce the airport's ecological impact on the environment.

Water Use

  • Use of water for turf irrigation declined by nearly 50% between 2013-2015
  • 95% of irrigation water comes from non-drinkable well water
  • Terminal B landscaped with drought-tolerant, native plants
  • Low-flow toilets and fixtures are installed  in both terminals

Energy Use

  • 7-megawatt solar facility is under development which is projected to provide 35% of airport energy
  • 1,820 high-pressure sodium lights in the garage were replaced with light emitting diodes (LEDs). Besides improving visibility, the new lights save 1.7 million kilowatt-hours of energy annually, enough to power almost 200 households.
  • 396 high-mast light pole fixtures were converted to LEDs this year, saving 1.4 million kilowatt-hours of energy annually.


  • The airport began purchasing recycled paint in 2015.  Average annual use typically equates to 800 gallons per year. Recycling one gallon of paint can save 13 gallons of water which would have been used during the manufacturing process for virgin paint.

Waste Management

  • Pre-consumer food waste diversion program has diverted more than 300 tons of food waste from landfills. The diverted food waste was recycled into renewable natural gas.

Honors and Acknowledgements

  • Terminal B rated silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
  • Sacramento Business Environmental Resource Center has certified Sacramento International Airport as a Sustainable Business in all six categories: Water Conservation, Pollution Prevention, Energy Conservation, Solid Waste Reduction, Green Building and Transportation/Air Quality.