Airports are usually either drab block buildings or shining examples of chic modern design, however there are also some pushing the boundaries when it comes to sustainability and eco-living. The Galapagos Island, a natural wonder in itself, has taken a big step in ensuring it is doing its bit to save the planet. The airport itself is made up of 80% recycled materials and it’s fuelled by wind and solar power. It also has its own desalination system, so it can provide water to all of its terminals. The first of its kind, it is also the proud owner of a gold from the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Another airport taking its green credentials seriously is India’s Cochin International Airport in Kerala. It is the first fully solar-powered airport in the world and installed a new power plant to create the necessary energy. Costing $9.5 million, covering an area of 45 acres and being made up of over 46,000 solar panels it actually creates more than is needed during the day which it sells off to the local electricity company, to buy back when needed.
Whilst these two are really pushing what it means to be green, there are also a lot of other airports doing their fair share. Many strive for a LEED certificate, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. To gain a certificate you are rated on a number of criteria including, location, innovation, materials and resources, sustainable sites and water efficiency amongst others. There are a number of airports across the world who have achieved the highest LEED rating, including San Diego, San Francisco and Boston International Airports.