CHICAGO, November 4, 2013 -- The Chicago Department of Aviation is pleased to announce that FAA Associate Administrator for Airports, Christa Fornarotto, will join us at this year's Airports Going Green conference to present Sustainability Guidance for airports. The Airports Going Green Conference will be held on November 12-14, 2013 at the Chicago Mart Plaza Holiday Inn, Chicago. Ms. Fornarotto's presentation will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 12 following the conference luncheon.
The FAA has embarked on a number of sustainability initiatives. In 2010, FAA initiated the Sustainable Master Plan Pilot Program for10 U.S. Airports to prepare Sustainable Master Plans and Management Plans. The FAA subsequently has issued numerous additional airport sustainability planning grants. Based on these programs, the FAA is developing sustainability planning guidance to assist airports in reducing environmental impacts, achieve economic benefits, and increase interaction with local communities.
FAA is also advancing development of new guidance on waste management and recycling, and energy management to increase energy efficiency opportunities. This adds to the already long list of related initiatives such as FAA's Zero Emission Airport Vehicles and Infrastructure Pilot Program, the Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) Program, guidance for airport solar installations and more. The FAA continues to embrace sustainability in developing its facilities from development of the first USGBC LEED certified Airport Traffic Control Tower (at O'Hare), to incorporation of green roof technology and more.
FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, is also a transformative change in the management and operation of how we fly, which will reduce delays, save fuel and lower carbon emissions. The FAA's environmental vision for NextGen is to provide environmental protection that allows sustained aviation growth. Through NextGen, FAA has established environmental and energy goals to address noise, air quality, climate, energy and water quality; each of which are considered to be the environmental aspects with the greatest potential to constrain aviation capacity, efficiency and flexibility.
Meet Ms. Fornarotto and her Team, hear the latest, and learn about these and other FAA sustainability related programs. Bring your questions and learn about opportunities for grants and funding for future sustainability related programs and projects,
The Airports Going Green Conference is the aviation industry's leading sustainability forum, bringing together sustainability leaders, experts, and innovators from around the world. The 2013 Conference will also include discussions on climate change adaptation; explore airport business sustainability partnerships; highlight international sustainability perspectives; discuss sustainable water management; discuss tools for evaluating outcomes of sustainability programs; and present case studies and Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) projects to illustrate sustainability successes in the industry. Many conference sessions will offer Continuing Education Credits to help satisfy LEED continuing education requirements.
Register today at: http://events.aaae.org/sites/131108/index.cfm. Airports Going Green is jointly hosted by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
Take part in this year's opportunity to share your experiences and bring home information applicable to your airport or business. Please visit the Conference websites at http://events.aaae.org/sites/131108/index.cfm for the full agenda and more details on registration. Also visit www.airportsgoinggreen.org for information on past Airports Going Green conferences.