Clean up Group

As a Department of Aviation Co-op, I have many opportunities to learn while working alongside the airports’ engineers and planners.

CDG Earth Day 2024

The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) community celebrated Earth Day on April 23 in the Terminal B/C event space.

Taxiway J

The City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation’s Taxiway J rehabilitation project at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) obtained Envision Verified status for integrating principles of sustainability into the taxiway’s design and

Southwest GSE

The Philadelphia Department of Aviation has collaborated with Southwest Airlines® to electrify part of their entire ground support equipment (GSE) fleet at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

America Recycles Day

On November 14, the Department of Aviation celebrated America Recycles Day in Philadelphia International Airport's (PHL)Terminal B/C connector.


mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">The City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation received a $220,800 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Supplemental Discretionary Grant to support the Department’s Net Zero Decarbonization Plan, in line with the FAA’s Airports Climate Challenge program.  

Earth Day Zoo

The Department of Aviation held its 11th annual Earth Day celebration on April 20 in the B/C terminal event space.

Earth Day 2023

The Department of Aviation celebrated Earth Day early on April 12 with a cleanup of the Delaware River waterfront next to Philadelphia Fire Department Engine 78's boat ramp organized by the airports' Sustainability team.

Sustainability Report

The City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation shares its most recent progress on sustainability and resilience in its 2021 Sustainability Annual Report. This report provides information about efforts at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) during 2020 and 2021. The Division of Aviation embraces sustainability in its mission to connect Philadelphia with the world, and seeks to lead the airport industry in sustainability and resilience.


The Philadelphia International Airport’s (PHL) sustainability and recycling carpet efforts have been recognized by Shaw Contract with a certificate of appreciation. In 2021, PHL recycled 45 tons of carpet, further expanding PHL’s long-term commitment to sustainability in collaboration with Elliot-Lewis and Shaw Contract.  

Image of Electric Ground Support Equipment (eGSE) Charging Station

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) was recently awarded a $1 million Voluntary Airport Low Emission Program (VALE) grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to install 13 Electric Ground Support Equipment (eGSE) Charging Stations in Terminal E and Cargo City.


In 2019, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) conducted a Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA) to better understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change on the airport’s employees, guests, services, surrounding communities, facilities, and assets.

Image of noise monitor

It is an almost universal picture: a young child pointing at the sky as an airplane flies by. But, as we grow older, that sound that once delighted us is now unwanted and even annoying. This nuisance can be especially bothersome if you live near an airport.

Sustainability Report 2019's cover

2019 was a busy year for Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport’s Sustainability Program. We continued our focus on the areas of Recycling, Energy, Noise, Emissions, and Water (RENEW); consulted our cross-disciplinary Sustainability Committee; and frequently engaged with stakeholders.

Earth Day 2020

“The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.” - Ernest Hemingway 

Liquid Collection Unit

The COVID-19 pandemic has made a noticeable environmental impact at Philadelphia International Airport and around the world, but passengers flying out of PHL will notice the airport’s commitment to sustainability continues.

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