SFO Terminal 2 Takes LEED Gold

We’ve brought you periodic updates on Virgin America’s efforts to gain LEED certification for its spanky renovation of San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO’s) Terminal 2. Now, with the airline’s first commercial flight just around the corner (April 14), it’s official: Terminal 2 has garnered LEED Gold status.

While this level of certification isn’t quite on par with the Platinum status Virgin had anticipated, it is quite an accomplishment, as it represents one of the first airport terminals to gain LEED certification.

T2 Curtain Wall

image via Virgin America

Virgin is clearly quite jazzed about its new green digs in SFO, citing “moodlit check-in counters, delicious organic dining options, free WiFi connectivity, plenty of plugs & work stations, massive art installations and a few surprises to keep the kids entertained” among the terminal’s attractions.

T2 Departures

image via Virgin America

All of this is designed to provide the airline’s guests with a unique flying and airport experience (by which we assume they mean, enjoyable). A recent Virgin America Facebook post remarks, “We’ve worked very closely with our partners to infuse the Virgin experience throughout the new terminal.”

As for the green features of this revamped terminal, the airport website notes these include waste reduction, reclaimed water, energy efficient lighting and efficient machinery and reuse of “a substantial portion of the infrastructure of the existing building in the renovated T2.”

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.


  • Reply April 10, 2011


    Virgin America, not Virgin Atlantic

    • Reply April 10, 2011

      Nino Marchetti

      Thanks for noting that. Story corrected.

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