Sea-Tac Airport sees international award

Environmental programs at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport were recognized nationally and internationally this month with the 2010 Environmental Achievement Award bestowed by Airports Council International – North America.

  • Friday, August 20, 2010 7:41pm
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Environmental programs at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport were recognized nationally and internationally this month, with the 2010 Environmental Achievement Award bestowed by Airports Council International – North America.

The award describes Sea-Tac Airport’s environmental strategy plan as “the linchpin for the success of its environmental program and can serve as a role model for other airports.”

“We are honored by the recognition from our peers in the industry,” said Elizabeth Leavitt, planning and environmental services director at Sea-Tac Airport. “The citizens of our region can be proud of our long-term vision for environmental stewardship.”

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s “Environmental Strategy Plan – A Vision for 2010 and Beyond” earned the Environmental Management Award. Serving as a roadmap for achieving Seattle-Tacoma’s ecological conception, it provides a framework for annual planning, budgeting and accountability by identifying the measurable environmental outcomes that they would like to achieve by 2014. Since its completion in 2009, the Strategy Plan has provided the organization with a new and dramatically improved sense of focus for its environmental actions, and a blueprint for a more sustainable future. Seattle-Tacoma feels this plan is a linchpin for the success of its environmental program and can serve as a role model for other airports.

“Airports are actively leading a ‘green revolution’ in aviation by implementing many inventive programs that reduce the environmental effects of their operations,” said Greg Principato, ACI-NA President. “Participating in ACI-NA’s Environmental Achievement Awards demonstrates how committed airports are to preserving the natural surroundings and supporting their local communities.”

Award winners will be recognized at the ACI-NA’s 19th Annual Conference & Exhibition in Pittsburgh, Sept. 29, 2010.

The mission of Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) is to advocate policies and provide services that strengthen the ability of air carrier airports to serve their passengers, customers and communities.ACI-NA represents local, regional and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. Nearly 400 aviation-related businesses are also members of the association, which is the largest of the five worldwide regions of Airports Council International.

Operated by the Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is ranked as the 17th largest U.S. airport, serving more than 31.2 million passengers in 2009. With a regional economic impact of more than $13.2 billion in business revenue, Sea-Tac generates more than 161,000 jobs (89,902 direct jobs) representing more than $2.2 billion in direct earnings and $412.4 million in state and local taxes. Twenty-eight airlines serve 76 non-stop domestic destinations and 22 international cities.

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