Environmental Achievement Award Winners

Since 1997, ACI-NA has granted awards to recognize its airport members that strive to protect and preserve the environment through their programs, initiatives and projects. Established by the Environmental Affairs Committee, the annual awards acknowledge the hard work and achievements of ACI-NA members by promoting awareness more broadly within the airport community, the general public and regulators of the many notable and innovative efforts undertaken by environmental professionals at airports. Environmental and planning staffs at our airports deserve recognition for their efforts in developing and implementing programs that protect the environment while keeping their airport's projects on schedule, minimizing community and regulatory controversy and using creative means of maximizing overall cost-benefit.


Award Categories

One award per year may be granted in the following categories:

  • Environmental Management
  • Mitigation
  • Outreach/Education/Community Involvement
  • Innovative/Special Projects


Award Criteria

Entries are judged based on the following criteria:

  1. Environmental Benefit
  2. Innovation
  3. Effective Implementation
  4. Widespread Applicability
  5. Cost Effectiveness


Peer Recognition for Outstanding Individual Contribution and Leadership Award

In 2014, the ACI-NA Environmental Affairs Committee launched a new category within the Environmental Achievement Awards that recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to the Committee. Winners of this award are nominated by their peers within the Committee and confirmed by Committee Leadership. The annual award seeks to provide a special member “thank you” and encourage continued contribution to ACI-NA and the aviation industry. 


2014 Awards

Judges for the 2014 Awards Program were:

  • Sean Broderick, managing editor, MRO, Aviation Week
  • Marianne Csaky, director of environmental affairs, Airlines for America
  • Jonathan Farley, manager of environmental protection, Transport Canada
  • Peggy Wade, environmental specialist, Federal Aviation Administration. 

Environmental Management Award Category:

San Diego International Airport’s “The Green Build” Expansion Project

San Diego International Airport’s “The Green Build” Expansion project was opened on August 13, 2013, as the largest improvement project in the airport’s 86 year history. It includes a 460,000 square-foot terminal expansion and 10 new gates, as well as a new security checkpoint, more shopping and dining options, and expanded passenger waiting areas equipped with new seating featuring electrical charging outlets, as well as a concessions core with floor-to ceiling views of the airfield. “The Green Build” seeks to meet the airport’s current and future demand for travel and was designed with environmental sustainability at its core. Proving this statement, in May 2014, the terminal became the world’s first and only commercial airport terminal to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification. The “land side” of the project, including a dual level roadway and USO building earned the LEED gold certification. The expansion is intended to improve customer service within the airport and circulation throughout the airport as well as serve as an economic stimulus for the San Diego region. The $1 billion project was completed on time and under budget, and also created 1,000 jobs at peak construction. The project includes many aspects to increase sustainability such as the use of natural lighting, planting and maintaining drought-tolerant landscaping, installation of low-flow water fixtures, use of low-emission infrastructure providing power and preconditioned air units at 10 new gates, incorporation of electric car charging stations and a 3.3 megawatt solar panel system on the roof of the terminal. The storm water drain system is designed to remove up to 80 percent of petroleum-based products and other onsite pollutants that accumulate on taxiways to prevent them from entering San Diego Bay. Throughout construction of the project, 54,000 tons of construction material waste was diverted from landfills through either recycling or reusing on the airport’s site. Regionally sourced materials were used whenever possible in order to decrease emissions associated with transportation. 


Outreach, Education and Community Involvement Award Category:

Gerald R. Ford International Airport’s Deicing 101- Educating West Michigan Program

In December, 2010 Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA), located in Grand Rapids, MI, was issued a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the discharge of storm water impacted by aircraft and pavement deicing materials. As a result of historical biofilm development in the receiving stream, the permit had strict requirements and deadlines. GFIA staff and consultants quickly went to work on three main objectives in order to meet their permit requirements–developing a technical solution that could meet the requirement of eliminating the discharge of deicing materials; educating a large cross-section of the West Michigan community on the science, operations, and various responsibilities associated with deicing at airports; and convincing the community that the ultimate plan was the best solution. Community outreach was carried out in stages and intended to improve the general understanding of aircraft and pavement deicing, and how deicing activities are carried out at GFIA. Taking into account all community stakeholders and the creation of a citizens committee was a creative way to increase communication between the public and the airport staff.

The runner-up award:

Nashville International Airport’s Nashville Recycles Day at BNA Project.

Nashville International Airport sought to reinforce their commitment to their community and to sustainability by holding a free of charge, e-waste recycling event for the public, in partnership with Metro Nashville Public Works. They utilized a variety of communications strategies to increase public awareness of the event and ultimately ran an extremely successful, cost-effective, community event in which over 15 tons of e-waste was collected for recycling.


Special/Innovative Projects Award Category:

Port Columbus International Airport’s Runway 10R-28L Replacement Program

In 2009, Columbus Regional Airport Authority began implementation of an airfield development program to relocate existing Runway 10R-28L 702 feet south of its current location. The new runway enables the airport to handle an increasing numbers of flights and passengers, and provides the required separation distance for the long-term plan that will include a new terminal. The $140-million project was completed in the fall of 2013 and won this award due to innovative sustainable solutions implemented through its process of design and construction. Managing construction waste, improving water quality and stormwater management collection, reducing construction emissions, reducing pavement life-cycle costs, and providing energy savings through the use of LED lighting and a variety of solar items are just a few examples of the measures taken to ensure that the project was both cost efficient and able to achieve sustainable solutions. LEDs light the entire runway lighting system, including the runway edge, centerline, and touchdown zone, making Runway 10R-28L the first high-intensity all LED lit runway in operation in the United States. By installing LED-lamped fixtures as a part of the new construction, and by replacing existing incandescent fixtures on the south airfield, Port Columbus has already experienced a significant reduction in power consumption and energy costs within the first few months of operation. The project also recycled or reclaimed suitable pavement, diverting 200 acres of demolition waste from landfills and cutting project costs for disposal. During construction, they were able to recycle 400,000 cubic yards of material.

The runner-up award:

Los Angeles World Airport’s Air Quality and Source Apportionment Study.

Los Angeles World Airport’s Air Quality and Source Apportionment study is the first study of its kind to successfully apportion a major airport’s contribution to ambient air quality levels in surrounding communities. This study utilized cutting edge scientific methodologies and techniques to understand contributions of jet aircraft emissions as well as other variables in the airport environment.


Mitigation Award Category:

San Francisco International Airport’s West-of Bayshore San Francisco Garter Snake Recovery Action Plan

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) owns and manages an approximately 180-acre undeveloped parcel, west of the primary airport facility, known as the West-of- Bayshore (WOB) property, which supports populations of two federally-protected species, the San Francisco garter snake and the California red-legged frog. The WOB property is critically important to airport operations, as extensive airport-related infrastructure is located on or passes through the WOB property. This infrastructure, and in particular, SFO’s flood control and conveyance canals, require varying degrees of maintenance and management by SFO to ensure reliability and function. In 2008, a comprehensive threatened and endangered species management plan for the WOB property was developed in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Recovery Branch (USFWS), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the San Mateo County Flood Control District. The Recovery Action Plan (RAP), now in its sixth year, is intended to ensure larger populations of the two endangered species through a variety of habitat enhancement actions, and concurrently allow SFO to improve its flood control, storage and conveyance infrastructure on the WOB property.

The runner-up award:

Los Angeles World Airport’s LAX Dunes Endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly Recovery and Habitat Restoration Program

The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Dunes Restoration Program seeks to restore native coastal dunes and coastal prairies located in a 307-acre City of Los Angeles nature preserve area on the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) campus. Since 1986 a variety of stakeholders have been involved in this restoration and measures have been taken to increase the unique natural dunes habitat on this property. Today, this program has preserved and restored over 175 acres of endangered habitat for the El Segundo Blue Butterfly, which is on the federal endangered species list.


Peer Recognition for Outstanding Individual Contribution and Leadership Award

For the first time this year, the ACI-NA Environmental Committee launched a new category to recognize an individual for outstanding contributions to the ACI-NA Environmental Affairs Committee. The winner of the first ever “Peer Recognition for Outstanding Individual Contribution and Leadership” Award is Mary L. Vigilante, President of Synergy Consultants, Inc. Vigilante previously served as co-chair of the Committee’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Working Group in which she aided airports and associate members to understand how to improve the efficiency and efficacy of their NEPA efforts. She has been involved with ACI-NA for more than twenty years and in that time she has and continues to contribute a wealth of experience to the Committee. 


2013 Awards

Judges for the 2013 Awards Program were:

  • Aaron Karp, senior editor, Air Transport World
  • Patrick Magnotta, FAA environmental protection specialist
  • Jessica Steinhilber, American Chemistry Council and former ACI-NA Environmental Affairs staff

Environmental Management Award Category:
San Francisco International Airport’s Climate Action Plan

San Francisco International Airport developed a Climate Action Plan in 2008 and has updated it every year since. This year’s updates reflect on the success of the airport’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to airport operations. The airport has achieved significant success in reducing its carbon footprint by implementing various energy efficiency measures, recycling solid waste, and reducing vehicle fleet fuel consumption. San Francisco International Airport lowered its GHG emissions from airport-controlled operations in 2012 to 34 percent below 1990 emissions level of 50,000 metric tons. This was achieved by supplying conditioned air and electric power to all parked aircraft and incentives for low-emissions car rentals, recycling more than 77 percent of solid waste, and constructing the AirTrain system to eliminate the need for rental car shuttle buses. A Bay Area Rapid Transit link to SFO was partially funded by the airport, which has further reduced emissions by allowing more than two million passengers an alternative way to travel. Additional measures include planting more than 2,000 trees around the airport and measures to enable concession tenants and airlines to reduce their GHG emissions.  San Francisco International Airport’s efforts and programs show its dedication to GHG reduction and that it is committed to additional reductions in the future with energy efficiency, fuel savings and resource conservation.

The runner-up award:
Philadelphia International Airport’s Green Airport Initiatives

Philadelphia International Airport’s adopted an Environmental Policy Statement in 2005 that has led to numerous green initiatives and investments of approximately $865 million during the past 5 years. The airport also published an Environmental Stewardship Plan and an Environmental Management System in an effort to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment in and around the airport.


Outreach, Education and Community Involvement Award Category:
Vancouver Airport Authority’s Green Commuter program

Vancouver Airport Authority’s studies show that the airport growth rate within 20 years will put a heavy burden on current infrastructure through increased vehicle trips. To mitigate this, the airport launched a program in 2005, the Green Commuter Program to encourage employees to use forms of transportation other than single-occupancy vehicles. The program includes planning, infrastructure, education and promotion of biking to work though 'Bike to Work Week'.  First, an analysis was performed on postal code information to determine where employees live, which indicated a majority live within the 15km area of Sea Island, making options such as biking more viable. In 2008, a sustainable ground access strategy was conducted to ensure that investments would bring positive participation.  The implementation of the infrastructure incorporated results from a survey of 530 cyclists into the development plan. In 2009, the Canada Line rapid transit line was opened, and by 2012, approximately 16 percent of the authority’s 21,000 employees used this line to reach the airport. The airport also offers electric charging stations with no fee in premium locations. Bicycle lanes and connecting paths have been added to the transportation network, and the terminal building has bicycle racks and secure storage areas for employees.  By 2012, 24 kilometers of bicycle infrastructure connected the airport to surrounding areas, with an additional 1 km to be added in 2013. The airport provides a comprehensive incentive program to all employees who commute by means other than single-occupancy vehicles. Other incentives are offered, such as National Commuter Challenge and Bike to Work Week to raise awareness of the Green Commuter Program.  Bike to Work week promotes the program through the partnership with HUB, a charitable organization in Vancouver. During this week, the airport hosts cycling skills courses, offers free tune-ups, bike maps and refreshments.  The airport’s cycling improvement program was awarded runner-up status as “Most Bike Friendly Workplace” by HUB in its 2012 Bike Friendly Business Awards.

The runner-up award:
Los Angeles World Airports for their Air Quality and Source Apportionment.

Los Angeles International Airport prepared an assessment of its contribution to ambient air quality levels in communities nearby. This multi-year project included an advisory technical working group of air quality scientists and researchers on the federal, state, and local levels, as well as community organizations.


Special/Innovative Projects Award Category:
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport’s Force-Main Deicing Discharge System

The Force-Main project completed in 2012 provides crucial supplemental sanitary capacity to the airport’s spent aircraft deicing fluid runoff (SADR) management system. This project successfully overcame numerous engineering and political challenges through the use of existing resources, construction best practices and stakeholder involvement.  Since 1984, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport has faced a significant challenge of managing glycol-contaminated stormwater with ageing infrastructure while ensuring safe flight operations. Remote deicing pads and an extensive spent aircraft deicing fluid recycling system was not enough due to insufficient sanitary sewage treatment capacity, which led to regulatory compliance issues. The Force Main project presented many engineering challenges, yet the result proved to be a very successful project within a comprehensive stormwater management program.  The project was completed over the course of seven years and was first used for the 2012-2013 deicing season.  The new facilities provided an additional 1 million gallons per day outlet capacity, which improved the airport’s ability to handle small volumes of spent fluid with higher concentration.  The project’s new high-strength, low capacity outlet also works well with existing low-strength, higher capacity outlet. This project includes several innovative features, including a unique intergovernmental agreement between the Wayne County Airport Authority and Wayne County. This was a distinctive and complex project with many stakeholders, yet the project team’s innovation and commitment resulted in a final product that was effectively implemented within budget and successfully addressed the airport’s stormwater management needs.

The runner-up award:
Southwest Florida International Airport’s Lake Restoration and Hazardous Wildlife Remediation project.

With the completion of a Wildlife Hazard Assessment (2009) and Wildlife Hazard Management Plan (2011), Southwest Florida International Airport was able to undertake three large projects; retrofitting of a 160 acre stormwater lake, steepening and deepening of the lake side slops on a linear lake, and removal of 128 acres of vegetation and addition of a fill. All three projects occurred at the same time.


Mitigation Award Category:
Victoria Airport Authority’s Reay Creek Restoration project

Reay Creek flows from Victoria Airport to the ocean near Sidney, B.C., and is an important spawning habitat for coho and chum salmon, yet pollutant concentrations have been high. Industrial pollutants have made negative impacts on water quality in Reay Creek, causing death of fish and degradation of fish habitat.  Although the airport was not the cause of the pollution, it implemented a comprehensive stormwater management program and developed a long-term restoration plan to reduce concentrations of pollutants in Reay Creek. In 2011, the Airport approved the funds to continue the remediation efforts for Reay Creek for a diversion channel concept, which began construction in 2012. The goals of the project were to reduce heavy metals and other pollutants, incorporate fish habitat features for restoration, improve water quality while mitigating conflicts with airport operations, and provide emergency storage to limit impact of contaminant spills. The project began in 2012 and consisted of construction of a 200 meter-long diversion channel to divert stormwater around the original creek channel.  Since construction, water samples indicate contaminant loads have been reduced and that no heavy metal pollutants are present. This example of a comprehensive integrated stream rehabilitation plan has been successful thus far and is expected to improve over time as the wetland matures.

The runner-up award:
San Francisco International Airport for the Garter Snake Recovery Action plan.

Snake Recovery Action Plan is an effort to protect endangered species on San Francisco International Airport property through environmental and sustainable actions. An undeveloped piece of land owned by SFO, comprising of 180 acres will be used to support two federally protected species, San Francisco garter snake and the California red legged frog.


2012 Awards

Judges for the 2012 Awards Program were:

  • Anne Kohut, Publisher, Aviation Noise Report
  • Carol Hallett, Counsel, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Rhonda Solomon, FAA

Environmental Management
Portland International :Jetport

Portland International Jetport took advantage of a terminal expansion project to install a significant geothermal system to provide the airport’s energy needs.  The system takes advantage of ground water to heat and cool the airport facilities instead of relying on conventional fossil fuels, which has resulted in a reduction of over 1,000 tons of CO2 emissions and over 1 ton of Nitrous Oxide emissions per year – the equivalent of taking over 180 cars off the road per year or a total of 7200 vehicles over the lifespan of the project.  This was also the first geothermal project to receive FAA Voluntary Airport Low Emission Program (VALE) grant funds to help complete the project, which helped the airport achieve a very manageable 4 to 5 year return on investment.  This project provides a useful engineering and financing model for other airports interested in pursuing geothermal energy systems.

Outreach, Education and Community Involvement
Chicago O’Hare International Airport:Apiary

Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s Apiary had the judges buzzing with excitement with the project’s success in addressing the three legs of sustainability – environment, economic and social.  The airport, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Family Support Services (DFSS) and the North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN) installed beehives (an apiary) on airport property, and provided job training as beekeepers and a source of income to formerly incarcerated individuals.  The apiary has grown from 28 to 50 beehives, with well over 1 million bees. In its first year of operation, the apiary produced over 1,200 pounds of honey and launched Sweet Beginnings, a small company which produces honey, soaps and other products from the apiary.  The company now employs six full-time workers and will sell their products at the airport.  This project is unique in that it is the largest apiary on an airport, is economically self-sustaining and socially responsible.  In addition the bees provide an invaluable environmental and ecological service in pollination of flowers and crops. 
Northeast Florida Regional Airport-St. Augustine:Runway Safety Area Stabilization and Salt Water Marsh/Spoil Island Mitigation Project
The Mitigation Award went to Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine for their Runway Safety Area Stabilization and Salt Water Marsh/Spoil Island Mitigation project.  When it came time for this small St. Augustine airport to shore up their Runway Safety Area from the effects of erosion, they planned an innovative way to mitigate a former salt water marsh at the same time.  The airport and its partners returned an off-shore scrub island back to its natural saltwater marsh habitat and reused over 95 percent of all materials (vegetation, soil) in the RSA stabilization project.  They also used native flora and fauna to create a “living shoreline” including a live oyster bed on the edge of the stabilized RSA.  The project was completed on time and under-budget, and is a great example of how airports can improve the environment and their facilities to better serve their communities at the same time.
Innovative/Special Projects
John F. Kennedy International Airport:Surface Congestion Management (SCM) Initiative
John F. Kennedy International Airport won the Special/Innovative Projects Award with their Surface Congestion Management (SCM) initiative.  Although surface congestion management is not a new idea, the comprehensive scope of collaboration between the airport and all the other stakeholders caught the attention of the judging panel. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey used the SCM technology within a Collaborative Decision Making framework to achieve impressive reductions in delays and fuels savings at one of the busiest airports in the world.  The initiative has saved an estimated 5 million gallons of aviation fuel, 48,000 metric tons of CO2 and 14,800 hours of taxi-out time since its implementation in 2010.  The project has also resulted in fewer criteria air pollutant emissions and less noise from idling aircraft engines. Although every airport is different, this project can be a model for others looking to implement SCM programs.

2011 Awards

Judges for the 2011 Awards Program were:

  • Steve Alterman, President of the Cargo Airline Association
  • David Bell, Editor - Aviation & Environment News and Noise Regulation Report
  • Tom Bennet, Environmental Specialist at the FAA

Environmental Management
Albuquerque International Sunport: Sustainability Management System

The City of Albuquerque Aviation Department operates the Albuquerque International Sunport, a medium hub airport and the primary air carrier airport for the state of New Mexico as well as portions of Arizona, Colorado and Texas. In November 2008, the City implemented a Sustainability Management System for both the Sunport and Double Eagle II Airport, a general aviation reliever facility. This launched an effort towards sustainability that has become intrinsic to the management culture of these airports.
As a major part of the sustainability effort at the Sunport, the City began looking for projects that were eligible for Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) Program grants. The goal of the VALE Program is to reduce the amount of regulated pollutants and other harmful air emissions generated by sources at airports. In 2009, the City received a VALE Program grant to purchase two hybrid vehicles.
The City was aware that VALE Program funds were typically only eligible for projects that reduced emissions on-airport property and that emission reductions from solar photovoltaic (SPV) projects were off-airport. However, the City worked with FAA and the state agency to secure airport emission reduction credits for a SPV project and the perseverance paid off - in 2010 and 2011 the City received VALE Program grants to construct SPV arrays to power the parking structure and part of the terminal at Albuquerque International Sunport.
Outreach, Education and Community Involvement
Vancouver International Airport: Quest Food Exchange Partnership

The Vancouver Airport Authority is continuously looking for ways to reduce the amount of waste material generated at the Airport and is also looking for meaningful ways to connect with the local community. In 2010 the Airport Authority initiated a partnership between airport businesses and Quest Food Exchange, also known as Quest Outreach Society. Quest is a non-profit organization that assists low-income individuals and families in the Metro Vancouver to overcome their barriers with dignity and encourages self-sufficiency. Surplus foods and various consumer goods are collected from donors and redistributed via Quest stores or partner agencies. Donating to Quest Food Exchange not only reduces waste, saves money, and protects the environment, but also provides foods and goods to people in need. Since the partnership began in late 2010 over 2,000kg of food from various airport food outlets and businesses has been diverted from landfill. In addition, this partnership fosters positive airport community relations and employee engagement.
Aeroports de Montreal: Aeroports de Montreal's Tree Policy
Mindful of sustainable development and respect for the environment, Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) has adopted a Tree Policy, which seeks mainly to protect areas of high ecological value on the airport lands and to offset the environmental impacts of projects. In keeping with its mission, ADM intends to develop its facilities while ensuring that they coexist in harmony with the surrounding area, in particular with regard to environmental quality. From this perspective of environmental protection, ADM acknowledges the important role of trees in urban environments, namely that they contribute to enhancing regional ecological heritage, are effective in combating the “heat island” effect, and have aesthetic value. Trees also help improve air quality.
In regard with its tree policy, ADM has initiated and participated in projects to preserve natural habitats and plant trees in a bid to enhance the ecological heritage of the Montréal region:
  • Boisé du Parc Marcel-Laurin
  • in Saint-Laurent
  • Greening schoolyard project: Gentilly
  • Elementary School in Dorval
  • Greening schoolyard project: Dorval
  • Elementary School
  • CO2 Environment Plantation Project at
  • Montreal-Mirabel Airport
ADM’s Tree Policy is well implemented at both Montreal-Trudeau and Montreal–Mirabel airports. Within the last 2 years, 5 greening projects were conducted and 2 are underway. The projects are well appreciated by the communities and ADM continues discussing naturalization and tree planting projects with the neighboring municipalities.
Innovative/Special Projects
Port of Portland, Port of Seattle, and Spokane International Airport: Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest
The Port of Portland, Port of Seattle, and Spokane International Airport are pleased to jointly apply for the ACI-NA Environmental Achievement Award in the Innovative/Special Projects category for our collective work on Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest (SAFN): Powering the Next Generation of Flight.
Together with our Steering Team partners – Boeing, Alaska Airlines, and Washington State University – and our consulting facilitator, Climate Solutions, we convened more than 40 stakeholders and observers to assess the feasibility, challenges and opportunities of scaling up a commercially viable and sustainable renewable aviation fuels industry in the Northwest US. The SAFN initiative takes place within a global network of seven (7) similar stakeholder processes led by Boeing, which all support the broader aim of achieving carbon-neutral growth across the aviation industry beyond 2020.
The SAFN results, published as a report on May 25, 2011, provide a “flight path” for scaling up this industry in the Northwest US (see Appendices). The innovative SAFN approach and results are already being considered for adoption by stakeholders in other regions of North America.
Specifically, the SAFN initiative:
  • Analyzed the most promising, regional biomass sources for commercialization;
  • Assessed all links required in the supply-chain to develop a sustainable biofuel industry, including biomass production and harvest, processing and refining, transport infrastructure and use; and
  • Prioritized sustainability, technology, economic and financial, and state and federal policy recommendations needed to spur creation of sustainable fuels for aviation.


2010 Awards

In 2010, we received 9 projects for consideration.  Based on the established criteria, an award was granted in each category.

Judges for the 2010 Awards Program were:

  • Jennifer L. Michels, editorial team leader of Aviation Daily
  • Liam Connolly, senior director of regulatory affairs at the Regional Airline Association
  • Patrick Magnotta, an environmental specialist at the FAA


Environmental Management 
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport: Sea-Tac Environmental Strategy Plan – A Vision for 2014 and Beyond

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s (Sea-Tac) Environmental Strategy Plan - A Vision for 2014 and Beyond serves as a roadmap for achieving Sea-Tac Airport's environmental vision.  It provides a framework for annual planning, budgeting and accountability by identifying the measurable environmental outcomes that they would like to achieve by 2014.  Even though the airport has been aggressively pursuing environmental initiatives for some time, it was determined that there was a need for a more formal strategy to focus and prioritize its environmental improvement efforts.  Since its completion in 2009, the Strategy Plan has provided the organization with a new and dramatically improved sense of focus for its environmental actions, and a blueprint for a more sustainable future. Sea-Tac feels that this Plan is a linchpin for the success of its environmental program going forward and can serve as a role model for other airports.


Outreach, Education and Community Involvement
Portland International Airport: Airport Futures

Airport Futures was a collaborative process involving the Port of Portland, the City of Portland, and the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan community to create a long-range (through 2035) master plan for Portland International Airport (PDX) and a City land use plan governing the Airport and its environs.  Airport Futures was a 3-year process that promoted the general public’s awareness of the Port’s efforts to practice responsible environmental stewardship and facilitated a community discussion about sustainable development.  This discussion resulted in the identification of the community’s vision and values, the integration of sustainability principles into the Airport’s long-range development plan, and the commitment to develop PDX in a manner that contributes to the long-term economic, environmental, and social health of the region.  Further, it establishes an ongoing public involvement process to ensure meaningful public dialogue related to Airport planning and development and increase public awareness about the Airport and affected communities.


Southwest Florida International Airport: RSW Wildlife Management Program

Southwest Florida International Airport’s (RSW) current wildlife management program started with a 1989 wildlife study conducted by the Operations Department that identified individual species, the existing habitats and potential habitats that could attract them, as well as the deterrence methods that had been tried to reduce the hazards. In 1997, just one month after FAA AC 150/5200-33 was issued, RSW hired the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin a year long study of the wildlife and their attractants at RSW.  In February 1999, RSW became the first U.S. commercial airport to use a Border Collie for wildlife deterrence.  In 2005, a Hazardous Wildlife Working Group (HWWG) was formed.  As a result of the HWWG, improved communications between Environmental Compliance, Airport Operations, and Airport Maintenance assisted in the implementation of several different deterrence methods that had not been tried in the past. In March 2008, the airport initiated a Wildlife Hazard Assessment (WHA), which utilized a unique and innovative methodology that broke down species into hazard guilds, assigning relative risk values to more effectively focus on the areas of the airfield which attract the highest risk species.


Innovative/Special Projects



Buffalo Niagara International Airport: Wetland Treatment of Glycol Contaminated Stormwater
The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is employing an environmental friendly, “grassroots” approach to collecting and treating deicing fluid.  An improved stormwater collection system captures concentrated deicing flows from all airport gates, as well as the first flush flows from the remainder of the drainage basin, stores it at a low point on the airport property and pumps it to the wetland treatment system.  Though the treatment system utilizes natural wetland processes, the treatment actually occurs within aerated gravel beds topped with mulch and plantings.  The tops of the beds remain dry and appear simply as a mowed/maintained field.  These cells, four in all, are each about the size of a football field, 1.5 meters deep, and lined with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) material.  Here, using a number of unique features, the glycol is broken down in two to three days as it travels through the engineered wetland treatment system.


Other 2010 Entries

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport: Greenpath®
GreenPath® is the proprietary environmental management system (EMS) that Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services has implemented at the concession operations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).  Implementation at FLL began in 2008 and has since affected the way guests experience food service, retail and hospitality.  GreenPath’s policies and procedures have been developed to conform to the standards of ISO 14001, the international standard for EMSs.  ISO provides third-party certification for GreenPath and conducts regular audits.  The EMS includes purchasing green products and services, implementing a recycling program for guests, and finding ways to conserve energy and water use. They have been able to divert tons of trash from landfills, conserve hundreds of gallons of water, and reduced energy consumption by thousands of kilowatt-hours.
Please note that this project was submitted primarily by Delaware North Companies with support by FLL.  Due to our rules, DNC understands that if GreenPath is selected as a winner, the award will be presented to FLL.


John F. Kennedy International Airport: Alternative Fuels Vehicle Fleet Program, JFK
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has a long-standing commitment to environmental protection and sustainability. This commitment is demonstrated by the innovative use of alternative fuels in the vehicle fleet at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Port Authority’s Airport fleet is dominated by alternative-fuel vehicles, including flex-fuel, bi-fuel, compressed natural gas, gasoline-electric hybrid, diesel-electric hybrid, propane, and most recently, hydrogen.  In addition, all of JFK’s diesel vehicles use B20 biodiesel fuel exclusively. The hydrogen fleet of 11 vehicles is fueled at a station established through a public-private partnership involving the Port Authority, federal government, automakers, and a fuel provider. Through the use of alternative fuel vehicles by JFK staff and the public, this innovative program allows for continued research and development, with a potential application to the wider commercial use of alternate fuels in the future.


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: Green “White” Pavement
Due to cost constraints and grant funding limitations, the Phoenix Aviation Department began developing a LEED-like sustainability standard for airfield construction, or ‘flatwork during their recent upgrade to Taxiway C.  The main aim of the PHX program was to delineate between basic project requirements that all PHX projects must achieve, while promoting and encouraging the development team to investigate and implement project-specific and achievable sustainable innovations.  This led to new construction and design solutions that produced measurable environmental benefits while reducing costs.  This increased scrutiny into the design and construction helped to direct every step of the process from the type of concrete used to the excavation methods employed.  Overall the program produced such benefits as:

  • 26% reduction in energy consumed
  • 16% water consumption savings
  • 26% CO2 savings during production
  • 39% reduction in PMlO emissions
  • 17% cost savings


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: Recycle Runway

The Phoenix Airport Museum at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is promoting environmental awareness through an innovative educational exhibition titled, Recycle Runway: Reclaimed Fashions by Nancy Judd. The exhibition highlights fourteen unique fashions made from trash, each designed around a specific eco-message intended to raise environmental consciousness in the public. Combining the message of sustainability with the art of fashion, this exhibition meets the Airport Museum's mission to create memorable environments for the traveling public. Phoenix Airport Museum staff, with over 20 years of airport exhibitions experience, collaborated to create passenger friendly educational text, mounting a beautifully installed exhibition which generated wide media interest, both local and national. The exhibition is now scheduled to travel across the country to other airports.


San Francisco International Airport: Climate Action Plan
In 2008 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance No. 81-08 Climate Change Goals and Action Plan, which mandates reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by each City Department.  The San Francisco International (SFO) Airport Commission supported the City’s initiative and established the goal of carbon neutrality by 2020 for airport controlled operations.  SFO management has developed a Departmental Climate Action Plan that includes such activities as:

  • Energy efficiency measures which would reduce GHG emissions by 9,632 tonnes per year from electric energy savings and by an additional 5,290 tonnes per year from reductions in natural gas consumption
  • Installation of additional pre-conditioned air and 400 hertz power supply systems which would offset the GHG emissions from aircraft auxiliary power units by an additional 16,128 tonnes per year.


2009 Awards

In 2009, we received 15 projects across four categories including the newly created Innovative/Special Projects category.  Based on the established award criteria, an award was granted in each category.

Judges for the 2009 Awards Program were:

  • Steve Alterman, President of the Cargo Airline Association
  • Tom Bennett, Environmental Specialist at the Federal Aviation Administration, and
  • Perry Flint, Editorial Director for Air Transport World


Environmental Management Award Category: The Bob Hope Airport (Burbank, CA), Hanger 25
Hanger 25 is the world’s first LEED® Platinum-certified aviation facility.  The facility, located at Bob Hope International Airport in Burbank, CA, challenges the industry’s typically carbon-heavy reputation and makes huge strides in improving the environmental realities of operating aircraft. Hangar 25 is the culmination of a truly integrated design-build process yielding an unparalleled application of green building in a previously uncharted sector.  The approximately 52,000 square feet of hangar space and just over 10,000 square feet of office space at Hangar 25 were constructed to house private aircraft ranging in size from the smallest of corporate jets to as large as a Boeing Business Jet 757-200, as well as their maintenance crews and staff. The motivation behind Hangar 25 came from the desire to offset the carbon emissions of the planes by using renewable solar energy to power the facility and its ground operations, in addition to the elimination of the majority of toxic chemicals associated with an industry known for its propensity to pollute. Through proper construction management Hangar 25 was able to accomplish all of the above while maintaining a tight bottom line which proves that building sustainably is a cost-competitive alternative.

Outreach, Education, and Community Involvement Award Category: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Protect our Planet Science Festival & DFW Airport Earth Day
On April 16, DFW Airport’s Environmental Affairs Department hosted a Protect Our Planet Science Fest for over 100 second graders from Jones Elementary School. Students were exposed to variety of learning stations with different environmental themes which and had the opportunity to participate in a Science Fair. The winner presented an insightful project on soil absorption.  The first, second, and third place winners were provided trophies, and the Environmental Affairs Department donated $500.00 to the winner's respective school.  On Earth Day, the airport continued to promote public outreach efforts by inviting employees, contractors, and tenants to the DFW Airport Earth Day event. Participants learned about the progress being taken at DFW Airport and around the country to protect our natural resources. Over twenty companies and organizations participated in the Earth Day event by hosting educational booths to discuss the environmental benefits of their respective operations.

Mitigation Award Category: Reno/Stead Airport, Stead Solvent Site Remedial Action
The Stead Solvent Site located at the Reno/Stead Airport, involves the remediation of trichloroethene (TCE) impacted soil and groundwater. The site demonstrates the application of cost effective technologies that are designed to exhibit innovation and achieve an overall environmental benefit.  Under the guidance of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, the remediation activities and environmental clean up of the Stead Solvent Site utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to remove TCE contamination from the groundwater and soil. Since remedial action startup, a total of more that 35.3 million gallons of groundwater has been extracted and treated, and more than 114 pounds of TCE has been removed from the soils and groundwater throughout the site.

Innovative/Special Projects: Toronto Pearson International Airport, Partners in Project Green & Pearson Eco-Business Zone
Launched in October 2008, Partners in Project Green is a growing community of businesses working together to improve their financial and environmental performance by creating an internationally-recognized “Pearson Eco-Business Zone” around Toronto Pearson International Airport. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is showing significant leadership in moving this project forward.  This initiative is becoming a model of regional green economic development and is garnering attention from other industrial regions within and outside the Toronto area.  Through new forms of business-to-business collaboration, Partners in Project Green delivers programming that helps businesses reduce energy and resource costs, uncover new business opportunities, and address everyday operational challenges in a green and cost-effective manner.

Other 2009 Entries

Denver International Airport: Solar Photovoltaic System
Denver International Airport (DEN) initiated a public-private partnership which was successful in securing funding for the installation of a 2-megawatt system of solar panels on DEN property. The system was completed and dedicated in August 2008.  The solar system generates nearly 2 percent of DEN's total annual electricity requirements, and is particularly significant in helping to reduce peak demand loads by nearly 3.5 percent.  It is estimated that substitution of this renewable energy source will reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by over 3,000 metric tons.  The significant presence of the solar panel displays near the entrance to DEN's terminal building is an outstanding reminder to the traveling public and the community at large of the commitment that both DEN and the City & County of Denver have taken to lead in efforts to develop and support renewable energy sources in order to achieve sustainability goals.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport: Solar Power Generating Project/Consolidated Rental Car Facility
In 2008, the Fresno Yosemite International Airport commissioned two major projects providing substantial, quantifiable benefits to local air and water quality. Most significant is the Solar Energy Power Generating Project which is producing a much-earlier than expected return on investment and considerable electrical cost savings.  The Airport is now receiving 58% of its annual electrical energy requirement from solar power as a result of this project. Additionally, the original estimate of $13 million in energy cost savings, when compared with the cost of traditional sources, is now estimated at $19 million. A significant portion of those savings will be shared with airline partners through reduced rates and charges. The Airport’s business and working relationship with the private and quasi-public companies that invested $16 million in the project has continued to be exceptional.  Additionally the Airport recently completed a state of the art consolidated rental car facility, incorporating state-of the art facilities and construction techniques.  The new facility will not require busing or shuttling, which could reduce the airport’s potential carbon footprint by 72 tons annually.

Southwest Florida International Airport: Hazardous Wildlife Program
Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is situated in the middle of an upland/wetland ecosystem that could be very attractive for wildlife utilization by many resident and migratory species, specifically avian species.  Because of these circumstances RSW began a Hazardous Wildlife Management Program began in 1989 with a study by airport operations personnel to determine wildlife problem areas and assess the effectiveness of various deterrence methods. Over the last two decades, the program has included numerous studies, staff training and deterrence method implementations, all of which were voluntary programs.  The Airport’s program includes wildlife management canine.  The implementation of the program has resulted in an over 40% reduction in aircraft wildlife strikes since 1999, even with a 29% increase in aircraft movements over the same period.

San Francisco International Airport: Climate Action Plan
In 2008 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance No. 81-08 Climate Change Goals and Action Plan, which mandates the achievement of the following greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets by each City Department: 20% below the 1990 emission level by 2017, 40% below the 1990 level by 2025, and 80% below the 1990 level by 2050.  The SFO Airport Commission vigorously supported the City’s global warming initiatives and established the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2020 for airport controlled operations.  SFO management has developed a Departmental Climate Action Plan as the blueprint for establishing a carbon neutral airport, and the Airport is now well advanced on the path to achieving this vision.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport: Runway 17/35 Implementation
In 1996, the Minnesota State Legislature finalized a Dual-Track Study which decided that, rather than moving the airport to a new site, the airport should be left at its present location.  Thus, the MSP 2010 Long Term Comprehensive Plan (LTCP) was pursued outlining several airport infrastructure and facility development plans, including the construction of a new 8,000-foot North-South Runway (Runway 17-35) that provides an additional 25% operational capacity at MSP and positions the airport to accommodate over 640,000 operations.  The MSP 2010 LTCP represented a $3.1 billion development plan consisting of an entire series of improvements involving the airfield, the terminal, airport access and parking facilities that provide travelers with an airport that is modern, reliable, safe, environmentally-conscious, and that will meet the public’s projected demand for air travel well in to the future. As part of the Dual-Track Airport Planning Process, MAC agreed to evaluate Runway 17 departure procedures to reduce noise impacts in communities in close proximity to the south of MSP.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport: Grassroots Conservation Movement
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) recently initiated a number of ‘green’ programs based on a diligent staff grassroots movement.  Staff requests and willingness to contribute time and effort beyond their normal work duties provided the foundation for the programs. The movement began with improving office paper recycling and then expanded to include other media, such as battery and brush recycling. The enthusiasm generated by these small movements inspired management to develop a conservation team that is now focused on reducing energy consumption at ABIA.  The program now includes collecting recyclables from 14 locations on the airport campus, including from three non-City entities. The program is currently collecting 3,500 pounds of recyclables per month or approximately 20 tons per year.

Bradley International Airport: Oil Drum Art Exhibit
Part of a grassroots art movement spreading throughout the country, the Oil Drum Art Exhibit is a special event hosted by Bradley International Airport and at galleries throughout New England. The exhibit, which started with an opening night event at Bradley on April 2, 2009, features, recycled 55-gallon oil drums that have been transformed into environmentally and socially relevant works of art. Artists of all ages use the oil drums, otherwise bound for a landfill or dump, to express their views on issues that they find to be particularly meaningful, usually stemming from society’s concerns surrounding oil – including everything from the environment to the Middle East conflict.  To maximize the impact of this community-enriching event, Bradley invited school children from several area schools to exhibit their own oil drum art among those done by professional artists, and the results were both impressive and heartwarming. Their artwork and select artists’ pieces have since been on display in the pre-security check area of the airport so that children and their families can view their art at any time. The remainder of the exhibit remains on public display in the secure area of the airport.

Denver International Airport: Organics Composting Pilot Project
Early in 2009, Denver International Airport (DEN) participated in a composting pilot project funded by a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The purpose of the grant was to collect data regarding waste composition, expected diversion rates, public acceptance, staffing needs, operational needs, and costing information to fully develop and implement the program.  DEN's role in the pilot project was to implement a composting program amongst airport vendors, as well as with City employees at DEN, and to determine the effectiveness of such efforts, including acceptance by vendor and City employees, the equipment needed to support the composting effort, frequency of pick-ups needed, and various other logistical and cost factors.  During the 3-month duration of the pilot project, DEN acquired a significant amount of data on all of the above topics, which is currently being compiled into a report to be submitted to the CDPHE.  This report will form the basis of any future efforts to implement a composting program throughout DEN.

Flying Cloud Airport (Metropolitan Airports Commission): Operational Implementation Plan
Flying Cloud Airport (FCM) is presently the busiest general aviation facility owned and operated by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC).  The MAC’s desire to make necessary airport improvements at FCM in the 1970s and 1980s sparked concern on the part of the City of Eden Prairie and nearby residents, particularly with regard to aircraft noise and increased operations.  In response to those concerns, the MAC developed innovative solutions that resulted in cooperative final agreements with the City of Eden Prairie. These agreements have resulted in the development of an Operational Implementation Plan (OIP).  The OIP specifies the actions that will be taken by the MAC in accordance with the Final Agreement. In actuality, the OIP goes above and beyond the requirements of the Final Agreement, and clearly sets a new standard of excellence for community outreach and responsiveness to aircraft noise issues.

Washington Dulles International Airport: Design and Construction of Runway 1L-19R Biological Treatment Units
As part of the construction of the new fourth runway for Washington Dulles International Airport, five biological treatment units (BTUs) were designed and constructed along Runway 1L/19R. The planning, analysis, and design of the stormwater quality management facilities was associated with the fourth runway project. The BTUs are vertical flow treatment systems that were designed and constructed to treat low concentration fugitive deicing fluid in stormwater runoff from Runway 1L-19R and the associated taxiways.   Specifically, the BTUs are designed to provide some retention, and to remove biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and phosphorus. The BTUs ranged in size from 0.3 acres to 1.1 acres and were sized based on the expected oxygen demand to be treated.  The BTUs and associated systems are designed to treat the first half inch rainfall from impervious surfaces, reduce total phosphorus by fifty percent, and reduce the average effluent BOD concentration to 100 mg/L. Additionally, they are sized to provide a 48-hour detention drawdown time for the first half inch rainfall for upstream impervious areas.

San Diego International Airport: Naval Training Center (NTC) Landfill Clean Closure Project
The Airport Authority navigated numerous regulatory hurdles to perform an innovative clean closure – under budget and on schedule – of a closed municipal solid waste disposal site on airport property. The site was part of the Naval Training Center (NTC) San Diego and was used as a municipal waste landfill from 1950-1971. It was transferred to the airport in 2001, after the Base Realignment and Closure process closed NTC San Diego. The airport voluntarily elected to perform a clean closure of the landfill by completely excavating the waste material and disposing of it at properly permitted disposal facilities.  According to the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), the project is one of the few clean closures ever attempted in the state or by an airport. Although other, simpler options with fewer regulatory challenges were available – including leaving the waste in the ground and capping or “bridging” over it – the Airport Authority chose the more innovative solution with a larger environmental benefit.


2008 Awards

In 2008, we received 10 entries across the 3 award categories (the Innovative/Special Projects category wasn't created until 2009).  Based on the established award criteria, an award was granted in each award category.

Judges for the 2008 Awards Program were:

  • Ashraf Jan, national resource expert for land use compatibility at the Federal Aviation Administration,
  • Anne Kohut, editor of Airport Noise Report, and
  • Robin Sobatta, associate professor and department chair of the College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.


Environmental Management Award Category:  Boston Logan International Airport, Airport Emissions Reduction Program
Boston Logan International Airport won the Environmental Management Award for its Airport Emissions Reduction Program. Logan’s environmental program began in 1982 with the implementation of the country’s first nitrogen dioxide (NO2) monitoring program. In 2001, Massport developed an innovative Air Quality Initiative (AQI) designed to maintain Logan's annual nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions at or below a 1999 benchmark.  A component of the AQI is Logan’s current development of a centerfield taxiway that, when complete in 2009, will reduce airfield emissions by allowing aircrafts a more efficient means of getting to and from the terminals. Additional AQI projects include an aggressive ground-access program, a fuel hydrant system, and power and air provided at gates to reduce aircraft emissions.

Outreach, Education, and Community Involvement Award Category:  Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Stewarts of Tomorrow’s Airport Resources (STAR) Program
Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport earned this year’s Outreach, Education, and Community Involvement Award with its Stewards of Tomorrow's Airport Resources (STAR) Program. The STAR Outreach Program was developed to promote the newly created STAR program which manages the airport’s sustainable efforts, including an aggressive energy conservation program. A promotional brochure was developed in accordance with the airport’s sustainability policy: the majority of the brochures were transmitted electronically as a computer PDF file. By using a combination of electronic mailing and highlighting the STAR program on the airport’s website, the outreach program was able to reach a large and interested audience without sacrificing the environment.

Mitigation Award Category:  Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Comprehensive Stormwater Management Program
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s Comprehensive Stormwater Management Program earned the 2008 Mitigation Award for addressing the stormwater issues that entailed the airport’s $4.2 billion airport expansion project, with a new runway. The program reflected the priorities of an environmentally sensitive community by focusing on surface-water runoff quality, flooding and endangered salmon. Seattle-Tacoma overcame challenges such as adhering to a four-year timeline, using regional basin planning, optimizing systems, and value engineering, so as to achieve all water-quality treatment and flow-control objectives. The airport was able to reduce the required flow-control storage volume, enable the use of ponds rather than expensive vaults, and achieve a cost savings of $250 million.

Other 2008 Entries

Baltimore/Washington International Airport:  Recycling Program
Baltimore/Washington International Airport along with small contributions from Martin State Airport, both which are owned and operated by the Maryland Aviation Administration, have achieved a significant increase in the level of recycling at their facilities.  In February 2004, the recycling rate at the airports was 4.75 %.  Through partnership, training and waste control, by calendar year 2007, the recycling rate had increased to 27.33%.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport:  Environmental Management Information System (EMIS)
At the center of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport’s environmental management is the web-based Environmental Management Information System (EMIS).  The EMIS integrates and manages all environmental data, records, and documents into one user-friendly system that incorporates environmental aspects of operations into the existing daily activities.  The purpose of the EMIS is to encourage improvement in compliance, pollution prevention and environmental performance and to promote greater environmental stewardship at the airport. 

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport:  Watershed Management Program
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s Watershed Management program uses effective and reasonable efforts to identify potential point and non-point pollution sources and develop a framework for the long term management of the surrounding area’s natural resources.  The Watershed Management program was modeled from State and Federal surface water quality programs and uses routine sampling, field investigations, biological assessments, habitat surveys, remote sensing and special studies to quantify changes in the natural characteristics of the airport’s receiving waters.

Dallas Love Field:  Environmental Programs
Dallas Love Field has several environmental programs that have allowed it to have a positive environmental impact on the surrounding community.  The airport, working closely with the City of Dallas, established an Environmental Management System (EMS), which was audited and certified under ISO 14001.  Innovative outflow control devices have been installed on many of the storm water drainage outfalls.  The device can be activated from the tenants’ ramp or the operations command center and will eliminate the potential for catastrophic pollution in the communities surrounding the airfields  Finally, a new hazardous waste removal program was started, and their lighting technology and noise monitoring system were upgraded.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport:  Solar Power Generating Project/Consolidated Rental Car Facility
In 2008 Fresno Yosemite International Airport is commissioning two new environmental projects.  In June they commissioned a 4 megawatt solar energy power generating project that will supply 42% of the airport’s current annual energy requirements.  Over the next 25 years the project will save the airport $13 million, which will be shared with the airlines through lower rates and charges.  The airport is also building a new consolidated rental car facility.  The new facility will not require busing or shuttling and is incorporating state-of the art facilities and construction techniques. 

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport:  Direct Current (DC) Series LED Airfield Lighting System
In 2006 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport initiated a pilot program to convert all traditional quartz incandescent lighting fixtures to Light-Emitting Diode (LED) technology.  From this transition, the direct current (DC) series LED lighting system emerged.  The DC series LED system reduces electrical power use by as much as 98% compared to quartz technology and over 25% when compared to traditional LED technology.  Furthermore airport operational maintenance staff have reported less than 1.5% failure of the fixtures which results in less trips onto the airfield.

Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport:  Energy Conservation Program
In coordination with their energy suppliers, Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport has conducted an evaluation of facilities, equipment, systems and controls to determine where opportunities exist to improve efficiencies and decrease energy consumption.  Through a phased implementation process they have decommissioned air conditioning facilities, replaced steam traps, added chilled water valves and year-round cooling and added high-efficiency cooling capacity.  These projects are now saving over 2,100 KWH of electricity and 32,000 decatherms of gas each year, approaching $895,000 in total annual energy savings and $1 million in rebates from energy utility companies.