Day 1 – Monday, November 14th
Continental Breakfast & Registration (7:00 am – 8:00 am CST)
Welcome Speeches (8:00 am – 8:15 am CST)
Session 1: Communication & Engagement: Panel (8:15 am – 9:15 am CST)
Influential sustainability leaders in Chicago and abroad will discuss how they build enthusiasm and inclusion into their efforts to grow their organization's impact. They will share inspirational stories and offer lessons in communication and resilience during times of uncertainty.
Break (9:15 am – 9:45 am CST)
Session 2: Waste Management & Plastic Reduction (9:45 am – 10:45 am CST)
Waste reduction and diversion rates can vary greatly depending on local and national regulations, but stakeholder engagement and education are universal. Panelists will focus on partnerships, passenger and staff communications, and efforts beyond mandates.
Session 3: Electrification (10:45 am – 11:45 am CST)
As more end uses continue to electrify, airports face unique challenges in managing the increasing energy demand across large campuses. Energy experts and airport practitioners will discuss important considerations and emerging technologies that enable electrification.
Keynote Luncheon (11:45 am – 1:00 pm CST)
A plated lunch is served in the scenic the Wolf Point Ballroom. Following the meal, our distinguished guest, FAA Associate Administrator for Airports, Shannetta Griffin, will give the keynote speech on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Session 4: Decarbonization - Alternative Fuels (1:00 pm – 2:15 pm CST)
Two alternative fuels will be discussed in detail: hydrogen and renewable natural gas. Hydrogen has been used in zero-emissions ground fleets and research is underway for hydrogen powered aircraft. Renewable natural gas derived from organic waste can offset carbon emissions from natural gas usage and methane leaks. Industry experts and end users will discuss the technology, availability, and future of these alternative fuels.
Break (2:15 pm – 2:45 pm CST)
Session 5: Airlines & Sustainable Aviation Fuel (2:45 pm – 3:45 pm CST)
Airlines and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producers come together to discuss decarbonization efforts and the airports' role in supporting their goals. The panel will explore the different partnerships, regulations, and market structures that have formed to incentivize and increase the use and availability of sustainable aviation fuel.
Session 6: Resilience & Climate Change (3:45 pm – 5:00 pm CST)
Climate change is rapidly accelerating disruptions and the need for resilient planning and responses. The introduction will feature a climate researcher's summary of recent developments regarding climate change impacts. Resilience planners and practitioners will then share successes, challenges, and best practices in embedding resiliency in projects.
Networking Reception with Exhibitors (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm CST)
Day 2 – Tuesday, November 15th
Continental Breakfast (7:00 am – 8:00 am CST)
Session 7: Takeaways from the FAA (8:00 am – 8:30 am CST)
Kevin Welsh, Executive Director of the Office of Environment & Energy at the FAA, will provide a recap of the developments from the 41st Triennial ICAO Assembly and the FAA's Aviation Climate Action Plan. Guests will be able to ask questions in a moderated discussion following the presentation.
Session 8: Embodied Carbon (8:30 am – 9:30 am CST)
Experts will discuss embodied carbon and low carbon policies that help institutions reduce greenhouse gas emissions from project materials, transportation, installation, maintenance, and disposal.
Break (9:30 am – 10:00 am CST)
Session 9: Water Stewardship (10:00 am – 11:00 am CST)
Climate change affects water resources in ways that challenge existing infrastructure and operations around the world. Airport managers will describe their role in water conservation and share strategies that helped them provide social, environmental, and economic benefits.
Session 10: Making Green Seen (11:00 am – 12:15 pm CST)
Millions of passengers and employees pass through airports every day. With sustainability initiatives ranging from the highly visible LEED certifications to less visible pre-conditioned air systems, environmental managers from airports and other large operations share how they break through the noise and raise awareness of all green initiatives.
Airports Going Green Awards℠ Luncheon (12:15 pm – 1:30 pm CST)
Exceptional people, projects, and programs are recognized in this year’s Airports Going Green Awards. A record-breaking 14 AGG Awards and 7 Honorable Mentions were presented to nominees from across the glove.
Session 11: Green Concessions (1:30 pm – 2:45 pm CST)
Concessionaires and the airport concessions managers gather to discuss sustainability initiatives with vendors. Airports can gain insight into resources that can enable success and effective in program communication elements.
Break (2:45 pm – 3:15 pm CST)
Session 12: Decarbonization - Buildings & Utilities (3:15 pm – 4:30 pm CST)
Projects utilizing heat pumps and heat recovery systems at airports will be explored. Airports will discuss other large-scale, electric central utility plants planned for the future.