2011 Environmental Affairs Pre-Conference Seminar

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15th

ACI-NA Legislative Update

Speaker

Annie Russo, Senior Director, Government and Political Affairs, ACI-NA

Massachusetts Port Authority Low Maintenance Grass Pilot Project

MassPort has undertaken four varied-conditioned, test plots using a slow growing, drought tolerant grass seed, and is estimating the benefit of this product with respect to reductions in water usage for landscaping,  greenhouse gas reduction based on limited mowing, and redeployment of mowing staff, and will present the project results in this exciting session.

Speaker

Catherine Wetherell, Deputy Director, Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs,MassPort

Air Quality Issues and Airport Participation in State Implementation Plan Development

Airport coordination with state and federal agencies during the SIP development phase can pay dividends later as operators strive to comply with air quality and other environmental regulations.  Attend this session to hear from your fellow airports on recent air quality issues and challenges encountered during and post SIP development.

Moderator

Pamela Vanderbilt, Principal Technologist, CH2M Hill

Speakers

Michael Kenney, Vice President, KB Environmental Sciences Inc.

Robert Freeman, Airport Environmental Manager, Los Angeles World Airports

Carl Selnick, San Diego County Air Pollution District

 

ACI World and ICAO / CAEP Updates 

ACI World is the voice of airports within ICAO and CAEP.  Come learn what ACI World’s role and priorities are for the coming year, what CAEP is working on between rounds, and updates key international issues affecting our industry.

Speakers
Xavier Oh, Senior Manager Environment, ACI World

 

Hydrant Underground Storage Tank Regulations

Speakers

Robert Freeman,Airport Environmental Manager,Los Angeles World Airports

Chris Straub, Argus Consulting

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16th

New Runway = Increased Demand = EIS?  

In the case Barnes v. DOT, the Ninth Circuit Court ordered the FAA to consider, in its NEPA analysis, the “environmental impact of increased demand” resulting from the proposed addition of a third runway to the Hillsboro, Oregon, airport, a reliever airport for the Portland International Airport.  The FAA had issued a Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed construction, thus relieving the need to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.  The majority found that the Circuit’s prior case law consistently notes “that a new runway has a unique potential to spur demand, which sets it apart from other airport improvements”   The Court concluded that the FAA must consider the environmental impact of increased demand resulting from the construction of a third runway at the Hillsboro airport.  Come learn the potential implications this decision has on future airport projects and NEPA processes from FAA Chief Counsel, Marc Warren.

Speakers

Phil Ralston, Portland International Airport, 2011 Committee Vice-Chair

Marc Warren, Acting Chief Counsel, Federal Aviation Administration

 

Turn Out the Lights When You Leave!  Innovative Energy Efficiency Measures at Airports

Energy conservation and management efforts provide much more than environmental benefits – these programs have the potential to significantly affect an airport’s bottom line!  Attend this session to hear about some innovative energy efficiency solutions airports have implemented that are green in more ways than one, lower emissions and saved dollars!

Moderator

Toni Frisby, Manager, Environment, Vancouver Airport Authority

Speakers

Roy Fuhrmann, Minneapolis St. Paul Metropolitan Airports

Doug Chamberlin, Director Northwest Region, Enernoc

Catherine Wetherell, Deputy Director, Capital Programs & Environmental Affairs,  MassPort

 

California Stormwater and Waters of the U.S.  Issues

When it comes to environmental regulation, no one can accuse California of being a follower rather than a leader.  California regulatory action often sets the stage for federal agencies to follow suit, so it is important to monitor and understand that state’s regulatory activities.  This session will present an overview of some of California’s relevant stormwater and permitting issues; come learn what might be coming soon to a state near you!

Moderator
Bryan Wagoner, Environmental Administrator, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

Speakers
Richard Gilb, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Jeff Longsworth, Barnes and Thornburg
Matt Lentz, AMEC (see presentation for J. Longsworth)

Deicing Effluent Limitation Guidelines and National Stormwater Activities Update

Speakers

John Lengel, Gresham, Smith and Partners
Jeff Longsworth, Barnes and Thornburg

 

Airport Sustainability—Why Sustainability Initiatives Still Make Sense Even In This Uncertain Environment
Joint session with ACI-NA’s Operations and Technical Affairs Committee

Airport sustainability initiatives are about more than making airports “greener”; they’re about making the most effective and efficient use of scarce resources—be they financial, staff, equipment or energy—to accomplish airports’ mission meet the air transportation needs of the communities they serve.  In this session, learn why in today’s uncertain economic environment, these sustainability initiatives may make more sense than ever.

Moderator

Roy Fuhrmann, Minneapolis St. Paul Metropolitan Airports, 2011 Committee Chairman

Speakers

Carol Lurie, VHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin

Maria Pope, Environmental Program Manager, John Wayne Airport (SNA)

Bob Mattingly, Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority

 

If You Can’t Stand the Heat—Managing Risks Climate Change Poses to Airport Facilities (Ballroom 6F)

Joint session with ACI-NA’s Operations and Technical Affairs Committee
Scientific evidence continues indicate that the world’s climate is changing at a worrisome rate.  How can airports be prepared for the consequences of such changes?  What are appropriate actions to take now and what actions can be deferred?  In this session, learn about the actions airports in the U.S. and Canada are taking to prepare their facilities for hotter temperatures, higher sea levels, and more frequent extreme weather events as well as what ACI World is doing to help airports be prepared.

Moderator

Sam Sleiman, Chair, ACI-NA Operations & Technical Affairs Committee, Massachusetts Port Authority

Speakers

Pamela Vanderbilt, Principal Technologist, CH2M Hill

Sam Toren, Willis Reinsurance Inc.

Heidi Moritz, Corps of Engineers

Xavier Oh, Senior Manager Environment, ACI-World