Agenda Announced For 7th Annual Airports Going Green Conference

CHICAGO, June 23, 2014 - The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) announce the Agenda for the 7th Annual Airports Going Green (AGG) Conference, which will be held November 3-5, 2014, at the Chicago Westin River North.

Here are just two of this year's Conference Highlight - Stay tuned for additional, exciting announcements!

Zero Waste Challenge - In partnership with sponsor Waste Management, the CDA and AAAE challenge all conference attendees to make AGG 2014 a Zero Waste Conference!   

USGBC-ISI-Airport Summit - Plan to attend this unique event on Sunday, November 2, 2014, to discuss with USGBC and ISI leadership and top Airport executives, the role of LEED and Envision certification in current and future airport sustainability projects. Information about advance registration will be provided in the coming weeks.

AGG 2014 Agenda (Subject to change)

Sunday, November 2

2 - 5 p.m.: USGBC -ISI- Airport Summit

3 - 5 p.m.: Registration


Monday, November 3

7 - 8:30 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.: Welcome to Airports Going Green 2014

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.: Session: Smart Thinking for Airport Resiliency/Future of Airport Sustainability

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.: Morning Break with Exhibitors

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.: Session:  Sustainability at the National Organizational Level: AAAE, ACI, ACC, A4A, NBAA Roundtable

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Keynote Address and Luncheon

12:45 - 1:15 p.m.: Session: FAA Guidance Updates: Sustainability/Energy/Waste; and Sustainability Management Plan Updates

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.: Session:  Sustainability Management Plan Updates

2:30 - 3 p.m.: Afternoon Break with Exhibitors

3 - 4:15 p.m.: Session: Climate Change Resiliency: Airline Extreme Weather Planning

4:15 - 5:30 p.m.: Session: Smart Airports: Focus on Energy Data Management, Benchmarking, Real-Time Reporting, Funding

5:30 - 7 p.m.: Reception with Exhibitors

7 - 9 p.m.: Evening Event


Tuesday, November 4

7:30 - 9 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8 - 8:45 a.m.: Workshop: Walkability of Airports within Communities (includes sample walkability study of hotel area)

9 - 10:15 a.m.: Concurrent Sessions:

Session: Renewable Energy: Potential Airport Revenue Sources

Session: What's New in Sustainable Products & Services? Exhibitor/Vendor Pecha Kucha: Part 1

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.: Morning Break with Exhibitors

10:45 a.m. - noon: Concurrent Sessions:

Session: ACRP Projects Update: Case Studies

Session: What's New in Sustainable Products & Services? Exhibitor/Vendor Pecha Kucha: Part 2

Noon - 1 p.m.: Keynote Address and Airports Going Green Awards Luncheon

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.: Concurrent Sessions:

Session: Implementing Green Concessions Policies

Session: Successful Community Partnerships: Airport Cities

2:30 - 3 p.m.: Afternoon Break with Exhibitors

3 - 4 p.m.: Concurrent Sessions:

Session: The Changing Landscape of How Airports Communicate with the Public: Social Media

Session: Innovation with Waste: Commodities Management

4 - 5 p.m.: Concurrent Sessions:

Session: Airport Walkability (including results of Morning Workshop and sample study of hotel area)

Session: Happy Hour: Sustainable Foods!


Wednesday, November 5

9 - 11 a.m.: O'Hare Airfield Tour: Sustainable Design & Construction Projects

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Reception featuring CDA Sustainable Concessions


Many sessions will provide Continuing Education Credits (CEU's) applicable to LEED accreditation.

Register Today! Visit to register today.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Space Open: Demonstrate your company's commitment to sustainability in the aviation industry by becoming an event sponsor or exhibitor! Contact Gwen Basaria, AAAE, at (703) 824-0500, Ext. 187, or

Airports Going Green is the aviation industry's leading sustainability forum, and will offer the opportunity to hear about the latest on how sustainability is driving airport projects and initiatives. Airports Going Green attracts exceptional keynotes from aviation and other industries who share their visions and sustainability successes, including sustainability case studies, innovations, and achievements from around the world. We'll hear from industry leaders on initiatives for reducing environmental impacts, achieving economic benefits, and increasing awareness with the traveling public.

Stay tuned to for updates and more information on Airports Going Green!