Superfly: San Francisco Airport to Feature Sustainable Food

Only in San Francisco: Airport dining moves beyond the dreadful choice between questionable Chinese and McDesperate

Maintaining its well-deserved reputation as a forward-thinking city, San Francisco announced plans for a sustainable food program in the brand new Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

The renovated LEED Gold-certified Terminal 2 will include revolutionary dining options not yet seen in other airports around the US.

"Designing and building a more sustainable T2 is an investment in our future," said Mayor Gavin Newsom. "Not only do our efforts help the planet; at the same time, these improvements will greatly enhance customers’ experience and help to grow the Bay Area’s economy."

The entry of Terminal 2 will feature a 5,000 square foot cafe, wine bar, and market stocked with sustainable and local treats.

"Napa Farms Market" will include products from Acme Bread, Cowgirl Creamery, Three Twins Ice Cream, as well as fresh produce form local farmers.

Vino Volo will be opening a wine bar in the terminal, and women-owned Equator Coffee-- known for being the preferred roaster for chefs such as Thomas Keller and Traci Des Jardins-- will be opening up its first retail cafe. One of the biggest supporters of fair trade coffee, the roaster will be selling drip and espresso.

Tastes of the Fly, a San Mateo-based company that runs Perry's and Yankee Pier concessions in the international terminal, is behind the new market. CEO Michael Levine called the market "a cross between the Ferry Building Marketplace and the Oakville Grocery." Indeed, the Ferry Building Marketplace and Terminal 2 share the same architects.

In addition to the market focused on sustainable and local foods, the renovated Terminal 2 boosts a handful of other environmentally friendly credentials.

Energy efficient lighting and machinery will reduce energy use by 2.9 giga Watt hours per year, and natural gas use by 116,000 therms per year. These changes will result in a reduction of 1,640 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

On the water efficiency front, new appliances and a dual plumbing system taking advantage of reclaimed water from the airport's water treatment facility will lead to a 40 percent reduction in water use compared to traditional plumbing systems in other airports.

"Hydration stations" will also be provided for travelers with personal water bottles, reducing the demand for bottled water and the resulting plastic waste.

The new terminal will also feature a "displacement ventilation" system which will introduce fresh filtered air into the terminal, and use 25% less energy than most power systems.

American Airlines and Virgin America domestic flights will use the new terminal.

Terminal 2 is slated to open next month.

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