SFO’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1 Wins Climate Award – ET TravelWorld

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The Harvey Milk Terminal 1 of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has been awarded the Climate Action Award for leadership in the development of energy, carbon, water and resource-related practices and policies, by the American Institute of Architects, California. The award is part of American Institute of Architects’ 2022 Design Awards.

“Harvey Milk Terminal 1 embraces the very best values of our region and celebrates the legacy of pioneering civil rights leader Harvey Milk,” said Airport Director, Ivar C. Satero. “It also showcases another value of our region – a commitment to the environment – with groundbreaking sustainability features that lead the way for the future of airport design. We are truly honoured to receive the Climate Action Award from the American Institute of Architects in California,” he added.

Sharing details on the project, SFO said that sustainable design and construction measures were prioritised at every stage of the project, resulting in the implementation of more than a significant number of sustainable practices.


Two weekly flights to Tel Aviv (Air India) and daily flights to Seattle (American Airlines) are also planned in the near future, the airlines said. Additionally, new routes launched a few months before the outbreak of the pandemic have already been reconnected.

These practices include: A tote-based Independent Carrier System (ICS) to manage checked baggage, which uses 50 per cent less energy and is easier to operate and maintain than previous systems; Self-energising (regenerative) elevators recycle energy, rather than wasting it as heat; Go-Slow escalators and moving walkways that reduce speed when not in use to save energy; Radiant heating and cooling to complement displacement ventilation to provide energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality, and enhanced passenger comfort, Large windows harnessing daylight to reduce the need for electric lighting; Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels, providing renewable power for the facility; and Recycling and diversion of approximately 95 per cent of construction waste from landfill, among others.In February 2022, Harvey Milk Terminal 1 became the first airport terminal in the world to earn “Platinum” certification using the latest standards from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. This latest version, known as LEED v4, raises the bar for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance structures.

Later, in March 2021, Harvey Milk Terminal 1 became the first terminal in the world to achieve certification from Fitwel, a building rating system that provides guidelines on how to design and operate healthier buildings.

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