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Feb. 9, 2009
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UPS Awarded $470K for Cleaner Diesel Engines
from GreenBiz
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $470,000 to UPS to replace old diesel engines and generators in order to reduce particulate matter emissions at its Worldport air hub. The funds are being distributed to UPS through the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, which is receiving the money from the EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign. The money will fund two projects at the Worldport air hub, located at Louisville International Airport. More

Green Roof a Part of Airport Wish List
from The Columbus Dispatch
Port Columbus' leaky roof creates a green possibility. Airport officials are asking for a $1.5 million green roof in its place. It's one project among several that they hope will qualify for President Barack Obama's economic-stimulus package. Green roofs use landscape plantings atop water-resistant membranes to deflect heat, absorb noise, reduce storm-water runoff and extend the life of the roof. More

Youth Hostel in a Jumbo Jet
from Boing Boing
An old jumbo jet − it began life with Singapore Airlines, then served Pan Am and Transjet − was rusting in Arlanda airfield in Stockholm, so Oscar Diös bought it and turned it into an airport youth-hostel. Stockholm's great for hostels − I love the ones on the old ships. More

Environmental Assessment for Ann Arbor Airport Plan Granted
from Ann Arbor News
The City Council has OK'd the next step toward a planned runway expansion designed to make landings safer at the Ann Arbor Airport. That step, an environmental assessment, will include opportunities for public comment on the changes. Now 3,500 feet long, five planes have overshot the runway since 2000. The airport handles about 75,000 takeoffs and landings a year. More

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General Dynamics Awarded “Green” Jet Engine Contract
from Environmental Leader
The US Air Force awarded a unit of General Dynamics an $18.5 million contract this month to develop a greener jet engine. The company says the new engine will be designed and built with parts that do not corrode, will not use or release hazardous materials and operates with minimal environmental impact on air emissions and noise. More

Southwest Airlines Adopt-A-Pilot Program Takes Off
from PR Newswire
To further its commitment to community and education, Southwest Airlines is kicking off its annual Adopt-A-Pilot program this month. Ffth-grade students in more than 1,000 classes across the country will "adopt" Southwest Airlines Pilots in this educational mentorship program. In order to teach students the importance of "Going Green," the Adopt-A-Pilot program has added environmental awareness to the curriculum. The lesson focuses specifically on how Southwest Airlines views energy usage and fuel consumption and ways the airline has worked toward improving its aircraft to make them more eco-friendly. More

Big Tourism Entities Gear Up with 'Green Teams'
from Las Vegas Sun
While the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority year-old green team has lofty goals, for now it’s satisfied with the extraordinary 50 percent recycling recovery rate it has for the thousands of tons of materials that go in and out of the buildings managed by what is recognized as the nation’s leading convention and visitors' bureau. The LVCVA and a high-profile airline in Las Vegas, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, are two tourism industry leaders that have used volunteer committees to help develop environmental policies that are leading to major recycling and conservation efforts that are Earth-friendly and benefit them financially. More to Pay for Half of all Carbon Offset Purchases by Its Customers
from PR Newswire is known for its great deals on airfare, hotels and car rentals. Now you can add carbon offsets to that list, because Hotwire has announced that when customers purchase offsets through a new program with TerraPass, they will only have to pay half of the cost that TerraPass normally charges − because Hotwire will pay the rest. By participating in this program, customers can partner with Hotwire to fund emission reductions in order to help balance the impact that travel has on the environment. More

Environmental Meetings

Registration Now Open for the Fifth Annual AAAE Air Quality Conference

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE,) in collaboration with Los Angeles World Airports, C&S Engineers, Inc., Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell and Synergy Consultants, presents the Fifth Annual Aviation Air Quality Conference to be held April 29-May 1, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. This year's conference, entitled Aviation in a Climate Changing World, presents a comprehensive overview of the issues and regulatory requirements facing airports, while offering interactive sessions and case studies that will enhance attendees' job performance and knowledge base. Speakers will include prominent representatives from the FAA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), airports and other aviation sectors.

For more information and to register now, please visit

Other Upcoming AAAE Conference

February 25-27
Airport Planning and Design Construction Symposium

April 14
AAAE Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) Workshop


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