Airports Going Green Informs, Enlightens and Inspires

CHICAGO, 2012-11-19 — / — The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is pleased to announce a successful 5th Annual Airports Going Green Conference held November 4 – 7, 2012 in Chicago.

This annual conference, co-hosted by the CDA and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), is the aviation industry’s premier event for the development, communication and active discussion of sustainability initiatives. This year, more than 300 attendees including airport executives and industry experts from around the world, participated in the conference.

Conference Speakers and Participants

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The conference featured welcome remarks and Chicago’s sustainable vision by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Session speakers included national and international airport CEOs and managers and aviationsustainability leaders representing airports in North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Government speakers/attendees represented the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and the Airline Cooperative Research Program (ACRP). Airline sustainability leaders represented United Airlines, Federal Express, Boeing, and Airlines for America (A4A). Additional participants included sustainability leaders from the restaurant, freight, design, construction, engineering, media and transportation industries.

Airports Going Green Awards

The CDA presents the prestigious Airports Going Green Awards at the Conference. Awardees are recognized for their ability to embrace the principles of the Sustainable Airport Manual (SAM), exemplify sustainability leadership in the aviation industry, demonstrate innovation, and embrace the ideal of the triple-bottom line.

This year, the CDA was pleased to recognize the following Airports Going Green Award Recipients:

  • Abu Dhabi Airports Company Waste Management and Recycling Program
  • FedEx corporate commitment to sustainable practices at airports
  • HMSHost startsomewhere® Program
  • Port of Portland LEED Certified Headquarters Building at Portland International Airport
  • San Francisco International Airport Employee Wellness Program
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport Energy Management Program

The 2012 Honorable Mention Recipients:

  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport Composting Program and Recycling Center
  • American Airlines Living Green Employee Resource Group
  • Virgin America sustainable airline operations

SAM Version 3.0 and A Sustainable Path Released

Commissioner Andolino released a new document outlining the CDA’s vision to maintain its competitive position as a global aviation hub for the 21st century. A Sustainable Path describes the CDA’s five key sustainability goals and the underlying targets to achieve each.

Major changes in SAM 3.0 include a new Operations & Maintenance Rating System, reorganization of existing credits, new credits for Concessions & Tenants, and establishment of mandatory requirements for achieving Mentor Certification under Concessions & Tenants. Both documents are available at

The Conference featured wide-ranging panel discussions and ended with a tour of the sustainability initiatives on the airfield and in the terminals at O’Hare International Airport, including the aeroponic Urban Garden.

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Ahmed Al Haddabi, COO, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (center) accepted a 2012 Airports Going Green Award from Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino (right) and Deputy Commissioner Amy Malick (left).

Ahmed Al Haddabi, COO, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (center) accepted a 2012 Airports Going Green Award from Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino (right) and Deputy Commissioner Amy Malick (left).