Airports Go Green.. But Does Air Travel?

A New York Times article this morning describes the San Francisco International Airport’s efforts to go green with “furniture made from sustainable timber, lighting that exceeds California’s energy efficiency standards by 35 percent, and paints and building products that emit lower levels of chemical gases,” in their newly renovated T2 terminal. They even have organic food offerings. This all sounds wonderful, but it doesn’t change the fact that for all of T2’s environmentally friendly features, air travel remains the most carbon-intensive form of transportation. How does that square with the green amenities and the LEED certification push? Is it missing the point? Or working well within context? How would you feel sitting in recycled wood Danish modernist chairs while waiting for your carbon intensive air flight?

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