Hartsfield-Jackson caps Sustainability Month with awards luncheon, Earth Day

Filed in Events, News, Sustainability by on April 22, 2016

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) honored eight local organizations and five Airport employees for their sustainable business practices at the second annual GreeningATL Excellence Awards luncheon Thursday.

Nearly 300 Airport stakeholders gathered for the event, which along with the inaugural Passenger Earth Day Celebration capped a series of world-class activities to mark Sustainability Month. At the same time, these activities underscored ATL’s efforts to become the greenest airport on the planet.

“We remain focused on striking an effective, meaningful balance between environmental sustainability, economic stability and social responsibility,” Aviation General Manager Miguel Southwell told ATL stakeholders Thursday at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway. “Becoming the world’s greenest airport is a lofty goal, but it is achievable. And with the support of each of you in this room, we will make it happen.”

Winners of this year’s awards were selected by an independent panel of professionals noted for their work in sustainability. The recipients, in the business and individual categories, are as follows:

Business awards

  • Energy Conservation and Efficiency: Delta Air Lines
  • Materials and Resources: Mack II Inc.
  • Footprint and Community Impact: Concessions International
  • Sustainability Innovation: Georgia Tech
  • Sustainable Packaging: Georgia Pacific, Atlanta Airlines Terminal Corporation (AATC)
  • Product Innovation: OMG Booth
  • Corporate Community Leader: American Rivers

Individual awards

  • Community Leader: Demetria Wideman
  • GreenATL Eco-Employee Award: Kenneth Goggins, Charles Marshall, Liza Milagro, Chris Rogers

Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, delivered the luncheon’s keynote address. She outlined a few of the Airport’s sustainability accomplishments, from its ISO 50001 certification to its all-LED airfield lighting, both “firsts” for an airport.

“Hartsfield-Jackson is more than capable and more than committed to continue this flight path toward greater sustainability,” Benfield said.

In fact, ATL continues to make impressive strides in sustainability. Hartsfield-Jackson is the first airport to form an Eco-District, the first to initiate an airport-wide incentive program to control airborne grease and the first to receive a Zero Emissions Vehicle FAA grant for a terminal-to-terminal electric shuttle bus. Still in the works is the Green Acres ATL Energy Park, a state-of-the-art onsite composting and recycling facility.

In addition to the awards luncheon, ATL hosted several other sustainability events in April. The Airport kicked off the month with the Atlanta Community Food Bank Volunteer Event on April 6 followed by a School Planting on April 18 and Earth Day Fair on April 20. And throughout the month, ATL held a recycling drive for electronics, uniforms and textiles. Since the State of the Airport address March 10, the Airport has recycled nearly 500 pounds of materials.

The festivities continued Friday, when ATL hosted its first Passenger Earth Day Celebration in the domestic terminal atrium. The event featured live music, environmentally friendly gifts, coloring books and crafts for children, and a 10-foot globe, which was on display throughout the day.

Also in honor of Earth Day, ATL team members passed out saplings and wildflower seed packets. Captain Planet made a special appearance, taking pictures with Airport guests and serving as a visual reminder of the importance of protecting our planet.

ATL Marketing Management Analyst Demetria Wideman was honored with the Individual Community Leader Award at the second annual GreeningATL Excellence Awards luncheon. Wideman's "Confidence Bag" campaign used donations and recycled materials to assist hundreds of battered women throughout the region. Photo by Adam Linke with Decisive Moment Photojournalism

ATL Marketing Management Analyst Demetria Wideman was honored with the Individual Community Leader Award at the second annual GreeningATL Excellence Awards luncheon. Wideman’s “Confidence Bag” campaign used donations and recycled materials to assist hundreds of battered women throughout the region. Photo by Adam Linke with Decisive Moment Photojournalism

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