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Speakers

We are excited to announce the dynamic speakers for Airports Going Green 2020.

Welcome Remarks:

Jamie L. Rhee, Commissioner​
Chicago Department of Aviation

​​Jamie Rhee


Angela Tovar, Chief Sustainability Officer
C​ity of Chicago

Angela Tower 

Session Moderator​:

Malika Hainer, Coordinating Planner
Chicago Department of Aviation

Malika Hainer

Malika Hainer is an accredited planner with the Chicago Department of Aviation and coordinates planning projects at both O’Hare and Midway International Airports. Sustainability has been integral to her work experience in the fields of planning, architecture and energy assessment. Her experience includes incorporating sustainable design principles in projects of all sizes from residential buildings to sustainability focused long range comprehensive and transportation plans. At CDA, she currently leads the sustainability planning efforts for the Terminal Area Plan and O’Hare 21 projects. Ms. Hainer has Masters’ Degrees in Architecture and Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a LEED Accredited Professional in Neighborhood Development. She has served as Chair of the Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy Division of the American Planning Association (APA), and has moderated sustainability focused sessions at Airports Going Green (AGG) and APA National Conferences. She has also served as a judge for APA’s Sustainable Communities Division’s Annual Awards, APA-Illinois’s State Chapter Awards, and AGG Awards.

Session Speaker:

Brendan J. Reed, Director of Planning & Environmental Affairs, San Diego International Airport/San Diego
County Regional Airport Authority

Brendan J. Reed

Brendan Reed is the Director of Planning & Environmental Affairs for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, which owns and operates the San Diego International Airport. As a senior member of the Airport’s Development Division team, he is responsible for guiding the organization’s policies concerning airport land use compatibility and master planning, corporate sustainability, environmental compliance, and noise abatement.

Brendan spearheads numerous enterprise-wide initiatives including the integration of sustainability principles into capital projects and business strategies, ongoing certification through the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, and coordination with federal and state regulatory agencies. He also represents the Airport Authority on numerous planning and environmental committees associated with the San Diego Association of Governments, California Airports Council, and Airports Council International - North America (Chair).

Mr. Reed received a Master of Science in Ecology from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Richmond. His professional certifications include being a LEED Accredited Professional (US Green Building Council), a Certified Energy Manager (Association of Energy Engineers), and a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

Session Speaker:

Anthony Bernheim, Healthy & Resilient Buildings Program Manager
San Francisco International Airport

Anthony Bernheim

As the Healthy & Resilient Buildings Program Manager for SFO, Anthony Bernheim helps the Airport integrate sustainability building practices into the design and construction of new airport facilities, and into the improvements and operation of the existing facilities. The goal is to achieve high levels of energy efficiency, carbon emissions reduction, water efficiency, and improved global and human health based on the built environment.

Anthony has pioneered integrated sustainable building practices for over 30 years, as an architect addressing a wide range of building types and master plans. Bernheim has served in a variety of roles with the U.S. Green Building Council, a membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in building design, construction, and operation. He served as past Chair of the USGBC Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter and on the National Board of Directors. He also worked as Treasurer, Vice-Chair of the USGBC Green Buildings and Human Health Working Group, and Co-Chair of the USGBC Classroom to Boardroom Diversity Mentoring Initiative.

Bernheim was honored with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) California Council's 2004 Nathaniel A. Owings Award “in recognition of a lifetime of service, commitment, and advocacy for the principles of sustainable design and preserving the earth’s natural resources,” the 2009 USGBC Northern California Chapter David Gottfried Special Achievement Award for being “an individual whose career and contributions to the industry demonstrate exceptional passion, leadership, and commitment to green building, USGBC, and the Northern California Chapter,” and the 2012 Breathe California Clean Air Award in recognition for his work on green buildings.

Session Speaker:

Kirk Myers, Sustainability Director
Alaska Airlines

Kirk Myers

Kirk Myers is the Director of Sustainability for Alaska Airlines. He joined Alaska in 2018, and leads Alaska’s sustainability strategy, initiatives, goals, metrics and communication to advance corporate goals for environmental and social impact. He specifically focuses on climate, waste, green building, and aviation-specific opportunities such as sustainable aviation jet fuel.

He joined Alaska after a 16-year career with REI, working on sustainability for many of those years. Kirk holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute (now Presidio Graduate School). Kirk also loves exploring our iconic National Parks with his two young sons, and serves on the Board of the Washington National Park Fund that supports three iconic parks in Washington.

Airports Going Green Awards ​​​Presenter:

Aaron J. Frame, Deputy Commissioner of Environment & Planning
Chicago Department of Aviation

Aaron J. Frame

Aaron Frame is the Deputy Commissioner of Environment & Planning for the Chicago Department of Aviation.  In that role, he manages all aspects of environmental compliance, sustainability, noise, and airport planning for Chicago O’Hare and Midway International Airports.  Frame was hired as an Assistant Commissioner in March 2007 and promoted to Deputy Commissioner in November 2015.  He graduated from Purdue University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering degree, and from the University of Denver in 2002 with a Master of Environmental Policy and Management degree.  Prior to working for the City of Chicago, Mr. Frame worked for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the City and County of Denver.​