Harvey Milk Terminal 1 is the first airport terminal in the world to earn LEED Platinum (or LEED v4) certification from the US Green Building Council. The achievement continues a tradition of leadership in sustainable facilities that includes Terminal 2, opened in 2012 as the United States’ first LEED Gold terminal, and the Airfield Operations Building, the world’s first net zero energy facility at an airport.
SFO prioritized sustainability in every aspect of Harvey Milk Terminal 1’s design, construction and operation. Self-energizing elevators recycle heat energy; go-slow escalators and moving walkways reduce speed when not in use; smart windows change with the sun’s location to reduce glare and improve comfort; large windows harvest daylight and reduce the need for lighting; low-flow, hands-free bathroom fixtures save water. Behind the scenes, roof-mounted solar panels provide renewable power; a state-of-the-art baggage system uses 50% less energy; hundreds of dimmable, long-life LED fixtures use less electricity; and more than 95% of construction waste was recycled and diverted from the landfill.