DFW Sustainability Overview

Sustainability [suh-stey-nuh-bil-i-tee] (noun)

“Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

– United Nations Brundtland Commission 1987

For decades DFW has led the airport industry in integrating sustainable standards into decision-making and daily operations. DFW has identified six sustainability focus areas that will ensure the airport remains resilient and future-proof operations.
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Earth Day 2023

STEAM Activity Lessons

composting process

Circular Economy: Composting

Learn about how you can divert food waste from landfills and generate a beneficial soil amendment through composting.
Urban Heat Island Effect

Climate Action: Urban Heat Island Effect

Learn how different surfaces retain heat and explore engineering options for mitigating the urban heat island effect.
indoor air quality

Health, Safety & Wellness: Indoor Air Quality

Learn about common air pollutants and understand how HVAC systems help remove pollutants from the indoor environment.
Stormwater Pollution

Water and Biodiversity: Stormwater Pollution

Learn how human activity impacts our surface water quality through stormwater runoff, and what actions we can all take to help protect our water.
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"Is bottled water bad for us?"

Answer: The water inside bottled water is safe to drink but buying lots of water that’s in plastic bottles is NOT great for the planet. The real problem is producing and throwing away all that plastic.

Molly M.

Grade 5

"Since global warming is affecting the polar bears, how can we help them to not go extinct?"

Answer: We can all contribute to reducing climate change, and therefore help polar bears and other endangered species, by reducing the amount of polluting gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, such as coal and oil.

Tess S.

Grade 6

"Which animal group makes up the largest percentage of the world’s organisms?"

Answer: In terms of numbers of species, insects certainly represent the largest percentage of the world’s organisms and in numbers of individuals, the answer may be ants. There are 14,000 known species of ants and they all form ant colonies.

Shelly P.

Grade 9