From left to right: Shawn Makinen, Vice President of Facilities for JFKIAT; Gert-Jan de Graaff, President and CEO of JFKIAT; Jonathon Matle, Associate Technical Director for CodeGreen Solutions; and Sharon Murray, JFKIAT.

Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport is the first air terminal in the U.S. to be awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings: Operations Maintenance Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), JFKIAT recently announced.

The LEED rating system, developed by the USGBC, is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. Terminal 4 received this certification with help of CodeGreen, which provided energy and sustainability consulting through the certification process.

“Receiving LEED Gold certification is an incredible accomplishment for T4,” said Gert-Jan de Graaff, President and CEO of JFKIAT, the company which 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.”

The LEED Gold certification recognizes T4 as one of the top performers in the world in energy management, water efficiency, air quality, waste management and green cleaning. Through improvements in operations and maintenance, T4 now has a 30 percent increase in performance as compared to other airport terminals in energy management and uses 34 percent less water than comparable buildings. Additionally, in 2017 the Terminal recycled 45 percent of total waste through its waste management program initiatives, including composting restaurant food waste and collection procedures for cardboard, grease and building materials.

“It’s been great to see how dedicated the T4 team is to sustainability and efficient operations,” said Jonathon Matle of CodeGreen, who managed the LEED certification process. “When we first partnered with JFKIAT, we were impressed at the robust energy efficiency and sustainability program already in place; LEED certification is a way to recognize that hard work and build on it. We are extremely proud to be a part of this historic achievement.” “It’s been great to see how dedicated the T4 team is to sustainability and efficient operations,” says Jonathon Matle of CodeGreen, which managed the LEED certification process.

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