O’Hare is excited to promote the Green Airport Initiatives program.
The airport has a grazing herd made up of sheep and goats serve as O’Hare Airport’s eco-friendly lawn mowing team. Over 130 animals cleared 33 acres of grassland along Willow-Higgins Creek, a hilly overgrown area that is difficult to maintain with traditional landscaping equipment.
The grazing herd just completed its seventh season at O’Hare, providing herbicide-free and low-emission vegetation management. The airport is also home to an award-winning apiary program in conjunction with the North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN), which typically maintains 10 beehive colonies and produces more than 500 pounds of honey.
The apiary was established in 2011 and was the first such on-airport location in the United States—the hives are now home to approximately a quarter of a million honeybees.