Airport Goes Green
Occupying more than 3,000 acres, and employing more than 35,000 people in County and non-County jobs makes Miami International Airport (MIA) a very visible part of our community. But, their image hasn't always been favorable.
As recently as the early 1990s, MIA was a heavily polluted site dealing with issues ranging from the improper discharge of pollutants to the presence of asbestos. Since 1993, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department has made investments to:
Recover more than 100,000 gallons of petroleum product from underground
Remove over 200 underground fuel tanks
Remove, treat, recycle and properly dispose of more than 1 million tons of contaminated soil
Reduce volatile organic compound emissions by 12 percent (since 1999)
And these are just a few of the department's environmental achievements. Implementing effective environmental practices and methods has turned things around for MIA. Today, in fact, it's one of the greenest airports around. It actually was the first commercial airport to receive certification by the International Standards Organization (ISO 14001) in the United States. This internationally recognized environmental management system is what has helped MIA achieve a high level of environmental performance in the protection of our air, soil and water.
Want a glimpse of all the sustainable measures that are being made at MIA? Catch the two-part episode of Green Scene. Simply go to www.miamidade.gov/ondemand and click on "County Watch."
The Miami International Airport has implemented practices that are making a big difference on the environmental front.