As the hometown carrier that cares, we believe it’s our responsibility to protect our Planet and its natural resources.
At Southwest Airlines, we do our part to minimize our impact on the environment by operating efficiently using a green filter, collecting and analyzing information on our impacts, and continuously improving the actions we take to mitigate those impacts. In 2011, we shared our passion for education and protecting the environment with our Stakeholders through our Conservation in Action: 40 Projects for 40 Years tour, which involved teaming up with the Student Conservation Association to conduct 40 conservation service projects nationwide in honor of our 40th Anniversary. We continue analyzing data on our fuel consumption, emissions, and resource use and have embarked on new initiatives that will lead to further greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the near future. As part of our commitment to protecting our Planet, we use resources responsibly, conserve fuel and water, recycle onboard and on the ground, employ green purchasing practices, and implement design and construction practices that meet LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards for design, construction, and renovations. Our passion for protecting the environment is part of our triple bottom line commitment to our Performance, our People, and our Planet.
We are still in the process of collecting and combining AirTran data with Southwest Airlines data where available and appropriate. Therefore, in the Planet section, AirTran jet fuel, diesel, and gasoline consumption totals beginning May 2, 2011, are included in Southwest Airlines consumption totals. AirTran data is excluded from other Southwest Airlines data unless otherwise stated.