"Duluth Airport is going Green"

By KBJR News 1

October 6, 2011 Updated Oct 6, 2011 at 8:50 AM CDT

Flying out of Duluth is going to get a little greener.
The Duluth Airport Authority has recently received a grant to innovate in green technologies.

In this week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes us inside the new terminal, currently under construction, to show us what the airport will be doing to shrink its carbon footprint.

The Current Duluth Airport was built in the 1970s with a design that doesn't meet today's passenger and airlines' expectations.
A new terminal is under construction and to help it achieve its green goals it was awarded a 3.8 million dollar grant from the FAA Green Airport Program.
The money will be used to construct a geothermal field plus add preconditioned air and ground power units.

"The geothermal system will consist of about 80 wells, these wells will go down about 500 ft", said Bryan Ryks. Executive Director Duluth Airport Authority.

In this parking lot and that field that you see behind me are going to be the areas where these wells will be dug.

"What that will do is save the airport 30,000 dollars in utility costs for the Airport Authority", said Ryks.

Natural Light is also an important step in cutting energy usage in the new terminal.
And under the jet way bridges, the airport will add units that will conserve more than 41 tons of CO2 during the lifetime of the devices.

"Typically these aircrafts will use there auxiliary power units or ground power units that are powered through jet fuel or diesel fuel to run the systems on the aircraft and keep the aircraft at a comfortable level while its being parked", said Ryks.

All of these additions will make the new terminal LEED Certified, giving it recognition as an environmentally friendly building.
In Duluth, meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, the Northlands NewsCenter.

The new terminal is scheduled to open in late 2012 or early 2013.