Sustainability Efforts

We are moving toward this goal by consistently learning about, creating and adopting more sustainable processes internally, as well as by implementing shifts in the way we approach public services and outreach. These steps are intended to advance the City's overall environmental impact and to improve the quality of life for residents.

Learn more about the efforts each City department is developing to ensure a more vibrant and sustainable Wichita for future generations.

Departmental Efforts

  1. Airport
  2. City Manager’s Office / City Council
  3. Fire
  4. Golf
  5. Library
  6. Parks & Recreation
  7. Public Works & Utilities
  8. Transit

Airfield Maintenance

Airport Division maintains over 850 acres including 15.6 million square feet of landside streets and airfield pavement on both Dwight D. Eisenhower and Jabara Airports. We also maintain our own fleet of over 200 vehicles and equipment, which give us the opportunity to contribute to the airport's recycling program.

  • All of the oils and oil-contaminated filters recovered from servicing the fleet are collected and recycled, approximately 800 to 1000 gallons per year.
  • Each of the 25 to 30 automotive batteries that are replaced per year gets recycled through the contract vendor.
  • We recycle all of the tires replaced on the fleet, which amounts to about 5,000 pounds per year.
  • The amount varies from year to year, but on average we recycle about 25 tons of scrap metals.
  • Dried fine-grade sand used on the airfield during snow and ice removal is collected and reused as fill sand for construction projects.
  • Any asphalt removed or replaced in construction projects is recycled into millings for use on the perimeter fence and various road projects.
  • In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and generate less hazardous waste, we have also recently converted from solvent-based traffic paints used on the landside streets and airfield, to water-based paints. The slight increase in cost for more frequent remarking has been offset by the elimination of the cost to have used solvents tested and properly disposed of (not to mention our workers can now use soap and water to clean up the equipment instead of potentially dangerous chemicals).
  • Though it is not technically part of our recycling plan for years the airport has (recycled) vehicles in the fleet from high mileage users to low mileage users. This allows us to save costs of vehicle purchase while keeping the fleet average age down with newer more efficient/cleaner vehicles. In addition, we are always looking to repurpose vehicles such as a plow truck, which previously was a fire rescue vehicle, and a dump truck that was previously a street sweeper truck.

Airport Engineering

  • Construction projects often recycle material removed from a site.

Airport Building Maintenance

  • We provide cardboard recycling for our tenants and recycle collection containers in the concourse for our passengers.
  • We use green cleaning products in all our facilities.

The ACT 3 Terminal was designed and constructed in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Guidelines. Some sustainability attributes include:

  • High-performance building envelope including high R-factor insulation systems at walls and roofs and low solar heat gain glazing systems
  • High-performance HVAC systems, with sophisticated controls
  • Use of groundwater for tempering baggage handling areas and heat for snowmelt systems at sidewalks
  • Efficient lighting with controls that take advantage of daylighting from skylights and large glass walls to cut energy use further
  • Recycling of construction waste materials
  • Low water use plumbing fixtures
  • Reduced solar heat impact through the use of light-colored paving and roofing
  • Water efficient landscaping
  • High-performance building envelope with maximum insulation
  • Efficient lighting with controls tied to natural daylight
  • Bicycle racks for employees
  • Recycling of construction waste materials
  • Use of regional materials to minimize transport
  • Materials used to improve air quality and high-efficiency air filtration

Sustainability Scores & Efforts

Planning for the Future

Contact Us

If you have further questions or input about the City of Wichita's sustainability efforts, please email Lizeth Ortega, Senior Environmental Specialist.