O’Hare Airport Welcomes New Guests – Goats

In keeping with its sustainability initiatives, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has recently welcomed 25 unusual guests – a herd of goats. This two-year Vegetation Management Services Contract was the brainchild of Central Commissary Holdings, LLC, a Chicago-based restaurant group.

According to the Chicago Department of Aviation, “Up to 120 acres of land on four sites have been identified for grazing on O’Hare property. All the sites are located in areas away from or separated from the airfield by security fencing.The sites include hilly areas along creeks or streams and roadway right-of ways that are overcrowded with dense scrub vegetation that’s difficult to maintain with traditional landscaping equipment.”

Environmental benefits include:

  • provide an alternative to toxic herbicides, keeping beneficial soil organisms alive and    preventing runoff
  • reduce lawnmower, trimmer and weed-eater usage, which emit carbon dioxide and other pollutants
  • naturally recycles nutrients ad fertilizer
  • reduces the use of heavy equipment, minimizing soil erosion

For more information about O’Hare’s sustainability efforts visit: http://www.flychicago.com/OHare/EN/AboutUs/Sustainability/default.aspx.