Millions of people travel through Dallas Love Field Airport annually. Whether arriving or departing, they are surrounded by a magnificently modernized terminal with grand open spaces featuring artwork above and all around them with top notch eateries to satisfy any appetite. They are visually treated to an endless kaleidoscope of planes moving, people passing, and sharply dressed air crews gliding from gate to gate. And they are supported by more than 300 employees who keep this bustling airport just outside of downtown Dallas operating all day, every day.
Over the course of the last several years, the airport has seen a tremendous increase in passenger demand. The City of Dallas Department of Aviation has responded by improving access, investing in infrastructure improvements, building a new terminal designed with sustainability in mind, hiring staff, and, most importantly, building partnerships with local businesses and the wider community. These efforts have resulted in Love Field being rated as one of the best airports in the nation (tied for second among medium sized airports with Southwest Florida International according to a 2015 survey by J.D. Power).
At Love Field, the staff strive for excellence in all that they do. For the Environmental Division, this means addressing the environmental and sustainability issues associated with operating an airport system. They ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations; take appropriate control measures to minimize or mitigate any adverse impacts on the environment; and, provide a safe, efficient, and user-friendly airport system through responsive customer service and diligent attention to community concerns.
The last year has been marked by a string of achievements for the division and the Department of Aviation. These include the following:
- Airports Sustainability Declaration signed by Dallas Love Field
- Airport Carbon Accreditation Level I achieved at Love Field
- Annual noise complaints reduced significantly
- Pharovision bird detection safety system approved by the Dallas City Council as part of Wildlife Hazard Management Plan
The Airport Carbon Accreditation Level I is of particular note as Love Field joins an elite group of airports worldwide working to manage their carbon emissions. Level I means that Love Field has a verified emissions inventory which can be used to inform decision makers as the airport continues to develop and implement plans to reduce carbon emissions.
Looking ahead, the Environmental Division will continue to improve its products and services to maintain and build partnerships.
Questions? Please email AVIEnvironmental@DallasCityHall.com