In an effort to prove that even an airport can do their bit to be more sustainable – the Chicago airport has awarded a contract for “sustainable management grazing services” to a group of four-legged contractors.
The herd of 25 goats are actually owned by a company called Central Commissary Holdings LLC who will move the animals to the airport once the Spring foliage starts to get unruly. The animals will be responsible for clearing noxious and invasive forms of plant life – such as poison ivy.
Initially responsible for just 120 acres of the 7,000 total at the airport – the pilot is still said to have allocated some “key” areas to test the abilities of an all-natural solution to landscaping. Some of the expected benefits include reduce fuel consumption, less herbicides, greenhouse gas emissions and better recycling of nutrients in the form of fertiliser.
Apart from the goat landscapers, the airport is known for its efforts to be more sustainable – which have included green roofs and the first aeroponic garden – plants grow on a thin layers of mist, instead of water – at an airport in the world.