The Galapagos are perhaps best known collectively as the birthplace of the Darwin’s Theory Of Evolution. Lying 650 miles west of the Ecuadorian mainland’s coast, the Galapagos Islands were declared a Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1979, and are a self-sustaining and fragile ecosystem. The Galapagos Islands Airport, namely Seymour Airport of Baltra, also known as Galapagos Ecological Airport serves the islands. It is listed as one of the eco-friendliest airports in the world.
Since airports generally deals with high levels of traffic that come and go, and traverse its airspace, which resulted in copious air populations – not many people do envision the concept of “green” and airport. While the Galapagos Islands Airport have been for some time now operating in a sustainable manner, these efforts must not be underrated. The airport, on June 23, 2015, was the recipient of the Carbon Footprint Reduction Accreditation, level 1 Mapping, of the ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation Program. This accolade allows the assessment and acknowledgements of the energies of airports who succeeded in eliminating or reducing the offset of their emissions of greenhouse gas (abbreviated as GHG).
Galapagos Islands Airport disclosed the following: The airport was devised, designed and built – completely – taking into account their relationship with the natural environment and reducing the environmental impact, which make it earn the recognition of the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC), that works as an important reference for green buildings with best environmental practices in the world. It was awarded with the LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), Gold level.
Galapagos Islands Airport operates in a manner that is in keeping with the sustainable principles of the Galapagos Islands. Recently, for our Nature Tour Package on the Galapagos Islands by L’ EcoResorts, we had an unusually large group request and were advised by local personnel on the islands that such a large group will likely caused too much pressure on the fragility of the islands and therefore it was recommended to split the group in multiple reservations. In the end, everyone was happy and we were contended that profit was not chosen over the sustainability of the ecosystem.
Way to go Galapagos Islands!
Article by: Tiffany Huggins