May 29, 2013

Calling All Leftovers! Composting Program At T5!

We’re excited to announce a partnership with Air Ventures and Royal Waste Services to compost leftovers from select restaurants in Terminal 5 (T5) at John F. Kennedy International Airport.  Air Ventures, the franchisee that owns and operates the Jamba Juice and Dunkin Donuts restaurants in T5 and Royal Waste Services have committed to work with us to separate and haul nearly 300 pounds of food waste each day for composting.

Preserving the environment and creating a healthier planet is a core pillar of our sustainability philosophy.  Compost is good for the environment, reduces the amount of solid waste that goes into landfills, redirects it to become a useful product and decreases the production of greenhouse gases.

If a seagull flies over the sea, what flies over the Jamaica Bay on final approach to JFK? You guessed it! JetBlue!

This collaboration is our most recent effort to reduce waste in landfills. Rather than tossing food into the trash, Air Ventures will throw compostable food scraps into bins which Royal Waste Services will then transport to a composting facility to turn it into fertilizer and nutrient rich soil for local farms including McEnroe Organic Farm in upstate New York.  We hope to extend this partnership to other vendors in JFK’s T5, as well as other airports throughout our network.

At JetBlue, preserving the environment is a top priority. We’re creating a healthier planet through a variety of efforts.  We recently accepted Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Carbon Challenge to reduce carbon gas emissions in New York City. We also took an environmentally-friendly approach during the construction of our new corporate support center in Long Island City, adding to the building’s recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as having achieved Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED EB) Silver certification.

Since 2008, we’ve partnered with Carbonfund.org, a nonprofit organization that allows customers to offset carbon dioxide emissions generated by their individual air travel. We also offset all crewmember business travel. Carbon offsets balance out carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from a flight by supporting projects that reduce CO2 elsewhere. Additionally, over the past six years through its One Thing That’s Green, we’ve planted 1,333 trees and cleaned up nearly three tons of trash throughout New York City in an effort to improve air quality. These trees will remove 34,658 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over the course of their lives.

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