Green Is Gold for Heritage Aviation

 - February 11, 2011, 10:00 AM

Heritage Aviation, the recently opened FBO at Vermontπs Burlington International Airport, has just been awarded Leed gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council. The designation was based on the design, construction and operation of the FBO's "high-performance environmentally friendly building." Opened about a year ago, the 79,000-sq-ft facility located in a renovated 1950s-era National Guard hangar houses the companyπs three business segments–private air charter and aircraft management, airframe and avionics maintenance, and the FBO–and uses a wide variety of energy- and water-conservation methods. This includes one of the largest green roofs in New England and a parking lot made with pervious pavement that allows water to be absorbed into the ground rather than channeled into storm drains. Rainwater collected in a 30,000-gallon tank is used for washing airplanes. "The Leed gold certification of an aviation company highlights an area where our industry can contribute to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability and specifically demonstrates our companyπs commitment to these values," said Heritage Aviation president Christopher Hill.