Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) selected Los Angeles International Airport and Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority as winners of the 2005 Environmental Achievement Awards. In addition, Westchester County Airport received an Honorable Mention for their submission. Now in its 8th year, ACI-NA has seen tremendous growth in the contest, with more than 20 entries evaluated.
''Airports' efforts in environmental stewardship continue to remain a priority in our industry which is indicative of the number of submissions ACI-NA receives each year. The recipients of this year's award demonstrate tremendous vision in addition to their dedication in protecting the natural environment,'' said Sara Massey, Manager, Technical and Environmental Affairs. ''The winning entries exemplify the strides airports take on a daily basis to exceed local, state, and federal regulations,'' she added.
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority designed and constructed a glycol Biotreatment System to prevent glycol from being released to the neighboring Rideau River, which is an affluent of the Ottawa River and a tributary of the St. Laurence River. The system was designed to capture the glycol-impacted storm water and treat it in a manner that would not attract wildlife and at a minimal operational cost. Ideal indigenous soil conditions and a network of perforated pipes have allowed them to treat the glycol-impacted storm water underground using bacteria. This innovative system has proven that glycol-impacted storm water can be treated in-situ with no impact to neighboring bodies of water.
Los Angeles International Airport constructed the first hydrogen fueling and generation station at Los Angeles International Airport. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are zero-emission vehicles that eliminate all pollutant emissions. The station will generate hydrogen by using electrolysis technology that separates water into hydrogen and oxygen. The new hydrogen fueling facility demonstrates how the Los Angeles World Airports actively pursued a comprehensive alternative fueled vehicle (AFV) program that could be incorporated into daily airport operations both on and off the airfield.
Westchester County Airport is being recognized for designing, implementing, and achieving successful registration of an ISO 14001 Airport-Wide Environmental Management System (AEMS) in August 2004. The resulting AEMS coordinated the environmental components of all activities performed by eight county departments, forty prime tenants, county and tenant contractors and vendors, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and AvPorts. Over 1500 individuals are employed by these various organizations and participate in the AEMS.
Award winners will be recognized at ACI-NA's 14th Annual Conference & Exhibition in Toronto, September 21, 2005, during the Chairman's Honors Luncheon. In addition, the winning airport authorities will make presentations during the Environmental Affairs Committee meeting on September 17, 2005.
Airports Council International - North America represents local, regional and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. Over 300 aviation-related businesses are also members of the association, which is the largest of the six worldwide regions of Airports Council International.