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On-site Organic Waste Processing Program, Melbourne International Airport 

In October 2022, Melbourne became the first in the world to use insects to consume and process food scraps created by the 40 food service outlets within the airport! The by-products are high quality black soldier fly protein used in animal feed or aquaculture, mealworm protein safe for human and pet consumption, and frass, a nutrient-rich soil enhancement./p>

Iride Inglewood, Los Angeles World Airports 

Iride Inglewood is a microtransit project funded by the Los Angeles World Airports in partnership with the neighboring City of Inglewood. Prior to Iride, essential staff reported pain points like the unreliability of transit and the burden of monthly parking. The service provides a 100% free, electric microtransit option that brings employees from Inglewood and Lennox directly to the terminals. To improve efficiency, LAWA included access to the restricted lanes in the arrivals level of the LAX horseshoe. The restricted lanes allow Iride to travel virtually congestion free through the busiest points of LAX, meaning employees are dropped off and picked up directly in front of the entrance to the terminals. It has demonstrated the benefits by reducing commute times for employees from 60 minutes to the current metric of under 25 minutes while reducing carbon emissions from private vehicles.


Bangalore International Airport Limited, Sustainable Carbon Management - Climate Change Impact Mitigation & Adaptation Program 

Bangalore has deployed many impressive initiatives including water positivity, sustainable materials in construction and landscaping like recycled plastic roads and coconut fiber erosion control blankets, and 100% renewable energy procurement starting in 2020./p>

The El Dorado Sostenible Program, El Dorado International Airport 

El Dorado Sostenible (pronounced: sohs-teh-nee-bleh) is the sustainability program at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Columbia. Some of the accomplishments under this program include becoming the first airport in the world to receive LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings and Maintenance under version 4.1, establishing an eleven-color code internal model for solid waste management leading to a 64% diversion rate, multiple community outreach programs promoting local and circular economies, and implementing comprehensive wildlife and hydrological conservation plans.

TPA Master Plan Phase 2 Sustainability Program, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority 

This program consists of three major projects which exemplify efficiency and innovation at airports: A central utility plant that uses advanced automation and reclaimed water; the newly constructed SkyCenter Office which is Tampa’s first LEED Platinum building; and the Blue Express Curbside project which repurposes developed spaces to prioritize efficiency.

The PDX Next Program, Port of Portland 

“PDX Next” is a five-year, $2 billion program which will bring more Pacific Northwest-inspired architecture and local businesses, along with inclusive design and carbon footprint-reducing technology, to Portland International Airport (PDX)

SAN All-Electric Shuttle Program, San Diego International Airport 

During 2020, SAN replaced 30 propane-powered vehicles with 29 Endera all-electric cut-away shuttles and four Proterra all-electric transit buses. The new all-electric fleet is charged exclusively using 100% carbon-free and renewable electricity. The AESP is part of the Airport Authority’s broader efforts to eventually reach net zero carbon emissions for airport-controlled sources.

Electrification Action Plan, San Francisco International Airport 

In October 2021, SFO published the Electrification Action Plan which documents the steps SFO took to inventory greenhouse gas emitting assets, create a policy and process for electrification, communicate with stakeholders, and implement phase-outs.​


 ​Research, Stakeholder Engagement, and Active Delivery of Sustainable Aviation Fuel, San Francisco International Airport 

San Francisco International Airport’s introduction and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel required innovative solutions and partnerships. SFO has integrated the Sustainable Aviation Fuel into the existing jet fuel supply chain, from refinery to pipeline and from airport to airplane through a partnership with Neste, influenced the California Air​​ Resources Board to expand the Low Carbon Fuel Standard to offer the opt-in inclusion of Sustainable Aviation Fuel, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Neste and a group of eight airlines and fuel producers. The agreement was the first of its kind to include fuel suppliers, airlines, and airport agencies in a collaborative effort to accelerate the global and local transition to Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Thanks to these efforts, SFO can serve as a model for similar incentive programs worldwide.​

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 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Green Cooling Tower Program 

Through the Green Cooling Tower Program, Phoenix Sky Harbor found a sustainable solution to removing scale and mineral accumulation in its cooling equipment and is now saving more than 21 million gallons of water per year, has reduced 13,000 pounds of harmful water treatment chemicals per year, and is saving about $200,000 annually in water conservation and water conditioning chemicals. The cooling towers' evaporative cooling capacity has also increased significantly, and their life expectancy has doubled.​



 Brisbane Airport Corporation, Australia Corporate Sustainability Strategy 

Through strategically defining a long-term vision that focuses on sustainability issues such as Emissions Reduction and Waste Minisuction, BAC adopted an ESG corporate philosophy aimed at eliminating operational waste and carbon emissions.​

​​ El Dorado International Airport, Bogota, Colombia, Integral Solid Waste Management Program

The development and implementation of the Integral Solid Waste Management Program (ISWMP) reduced El Dorado International Airport's overall waste impact through incorporating advanced technology that achieved a 5% annual landfill reduction rate, enhanced overall solid waste recovery and provided 80 additional employment opportunities.

 Toronto Pearson International Airport, Green Commuter Program 

The Green Commuter Program promotes operational sustainability through induced employee behavior change. The program aims to reduce overall airport emissions and increase the sustainable modes of transportation through offering employee EV charger access and creating incentivized opportunities for biking and carpool.

 San Diego International Airport, Sustainability Management Program​ 

The Sustainable Management Program at San Diego International Airport includes such notable developments as the Transportation Network Company Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program, which incentivizes reductions in the overall Greenhouse Gas emissions-intensity for rideshare companies; the Good Traveler Program, which has been adopted by 11 North American airports and has offset approximately 46 million pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent since 2015; and the Food Recovery Program, which in 2017 donated more than 54,000 pounds of edible food, equaling over 4,000 meals.



 London Gatwick Airport, Recycling and Renewable Energy Facility​​ 

Gatwick Airport's Materials Recycling Facility tackles the aviation regulatory challenge of treating International Catering Waste (ICW) on site and converting the waste into renewable energy such as heat for the facility itself. Gatwick is the first airport to treat ICW onsite.

 Tampa International Airport, Be WELL Health and Wellness Campaign 

The Be WELL campaign aims to suit the individual mental, emotional and physical health of Tampa's airport employees. Within the program employees can participate in community service opportunities, group physical fitness and educational development programs.

​Vancouver Airport Authority, Project Green YVR: Climate Smart Partnership 

In alignment with their Environmental Management Plan, YVR partnered with Climate Smart to reduce their carbon emission, conserve and enhance water quality. These sustainability goals are achieved through the implementation of web-based programming that tracks specific environmental targets.



 Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Sean Donohue, CEO: The First North American Airport to Achieve ACI-ACA Carbon Neutral Certification (3+) 

DFW became the first North American airport to achieve ACI ACA Carbon Neutral Certification (3+). This accomplishment marks major improvement to how DFW manages their overall energy and water use. The airport also enhanced their management of onsite vehicles, fuels, waste and recycling.

 Nashville International Airport & Christine Vitt, Vice President, Strategic Planning and Sustainability: Geothermal Lake Plate Cooling  

Utilizing an existing rock quarry, the Metropolitan Nashville International Airport Authority (MNAA) completed the largest geothermal lake plate cooling system in North America. The rock quarry provides necessary water for BNA's cooling and irrigation needs. The water is transported to the airports central plant and used to cool the entire terminal as well as provide irrigation for landscaping.

 Hong Kong International Airport, Carbon Reduction Programme ​

Hong Kong International Airport's Carbon Reduction Programme effectively implemented an airport-wide approach to managing its carbon footprint. The program involves a multi-stakeholder collaboration of 46 partners that optimizes flexibility, cost sharing and ultimately accelerates carbon footprint reduction.

 Copenhagen Airport, Measuring air quality at the airport ​​

Copenhagen Airport is a front runner in the measurement of air quality with a focus on ultrafine particles. With a focus towards individual health and safety, the airport measures and exhaust particles from aircraft and diesel engines. The aim is to be transparent with their findings and contribute to the improvement of airport air quality.



 Massachusetts Port Authority, Conservation Mooring Program 

​​​Los Angeles International Airport has 307 acres of sand dunes voluntarily set aside as a nature preserve. Native animals and plants, including the beautiful and delicate El Segundo Blue Butterfly, are thriving again as part of the restoration project by Los Angeles World Airports, community organizations and volunteers.



​Los Angeles International Airport, Dunes Endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly Habitat 

Los Angeles International Airport has 307 acres of sand dunes voluntarily set aside as a nature preserve. Native animals and plants, including the beautiful and delicate El Segundo Blue Butterfly, are thriving again as part of the restoration project by Los Angeles World Airports, community organizations and volunteers.



 Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, Airport Sustainability Program 

​​The Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) implemented a sustainable management plan to encourage use of conservation-related initiatives by all tenants of the Mid-Continent campus. Aspects of the plan include a rigorous recycling program, environmental contaminant control, and resource use conservation.​



 San Francisco International Airport, Employee Wellness Program 

​​​SFO's Wellness and Advisory Council is committed to educating and encouraging employees to take charge of their daily lives and set healthy lifestyle goals. The program primarily focuses on 4 components of wellness: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual and Financial. Some benefits of the program include increased employee productivity, improved health, and reduction of total employee sick time needed.

​ Federal Aviation Administration, Commitment to Sustainability 

​​The Federal Aviation Administration has been a key sustainability advocate for airports nationwide. From long standing programs such as VALE to newer initiatives towards recycling, energy management, and sustainability best practices, the FAA is making sustainability a core objective of airport planning.​



​ Hartsfield-Jackson International Atlanta Airport, Sustainable Food Court Initiative Pilot 

The mission of the Sustainable Food Court, in partnership with the National Restaurant Association ConServe Program, is to bring zero waste goals into food courts and develop industry sustainable best practices for back-of-the house and front-of-the house operations. The program defines success in each concessionaires ability to use sustainable packaging and source-separate compostable and recyclable materials from processing versus landfill destination.

​ Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Energy Management Program 

DFW Airport's Energy Management Program has been able successfully harness innovation in technology, procurement strategy, products, and services in order to promote sustainability at DFW. Their Energy Management Program has taken a comprehensive approach to meeting the Airport's heating, lighting, and utility needs. As a result, DFW's Energy Management Program has not only delivered triple bottom line results, but has done so in a way that will provide long term benefits to the Airport's people and community as well.

 Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, Sustainable Airport Master Plan
​​ Source: Award Nomination Submittal​s