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July 22, 2009
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U.N. Approves New Generation Carbon Offset Project
from Reuters
The United Nations has given a green light to the first of a new generation of carbon offset programs designed to bring carbon reductions to a mass market in developing nations. The panel that oversees the running of the U.N.'s Clean Development Mechanism gave in-principle approval during a meeting last week to the project that will deploy 30 million compact fluorescent light bulbs in Mexico. More

New Radar May Detect Potential Bird Strikes
from MSNBC
NBC's Tom Costello reports on a new system that could help avoid bird strikes like the one that brought down U.S. Airways Flight 1549, which splash landed in the Hudson River earlier this year after birds got caught in its engines. More

Charleston International Airport Going Green in South Carolina
from WCIV-TV
There is a new arrival at Charleston International Airport in Carleston, S.C. -- recycling bins. The bins are placed throughout the terminal, baggage claim and food court areas. "We have made recycling at the airport an extremely easy process," said David Jennings, Chairman of the Charleston County Aviation Authority. Considering the volume of people that go through the airport each year, potentially tons of material could be recycled. More

U.S. Airlines Face ETS Challenges Ahead of First Reporting Deadline
from Air Transport Intelligence via Flightglobal
U.S. carriers continue preparing for the first deadline of the European Union's emissions trading scheme (ETS) even as the airlines lobby for an extension to the Aug. 31 cutoff date. Airlines with flights within, to and from the EU must submit their emissions monitoring, reporting and verification plans by the end of next month to their assigned administering EU member state in advance of aviation's inclusion in the ETS from 2012. More

Foreign Airlines Raise Fuel Surcharges; U.S. Carriers Next?
from USA Today
Several foreign airlines are increasing fuel surcharges on passengers, raising the prospect that U.S. carriers could follow suit. Lufthansa, Thai Airways, India's Jet Airways and Kingfisher, and airlines in Taiwan have announced surcharge increases for domestic and international routes in recent weeks, citing higher costs and lackluster revenue because of the low demand for air travel. More

Company on Mission to Fuel the Future with Biofuels
from The Fort Collins Coloradoan
It may sound like something out of a science fiction film, but the fields of algae growing in plastic bags submerged in water in Southern Colorado are a reality and could be the future of biofuels. More

Iowa Airport Eyes New Sod Runway
from The Hawk Eye
Officials are pondering the purchase of about 30 acres of land on the west side of the Fort Madison airport in Iowa for use in building a new crosswind sod runway. The proposed runway will replace another sod runway, which was closed in 2007 to allow the Great River Regional Waste Authority to expand its operation. Federal Aviation Administration regulations state a new landfill cannot be built or expanded within 5,000 feet of an airport runway. The regulation strives to reduce problem-causing wildlife, such as birds, near airports. More

Parking Garage Sought at Edge of Westchester Airport in New York Fuels Concern
from The Journal News
An international aerospace company has submitted plans to tear down an office building just outside the boundary of Westchester County Airport and build a parking garage for air travelers. The proposal has raised fears among longtime airport watchers that it could lead to more flights and therefore more noise, traffic and pollution. The impact on the Kensico Reservoir a few hundred feet away is a core concern of environmentalists opposed to the project. More

Claims that Bristol airport's Carbon Footprint Could Double
from Bristol Evening Post
Bristol International Airport's carbon footprint could more than double if expansion plans are given the go ahead, campaigners are claiming. The Stop Bristol Airport Expansion group claim increased flights at the airport as a result of the expansion would see emissions increase by 125 percent. More

Environmental Meetings

AAAE invites you to be a part of the 2009 AAAE Airports Energy Efficiency Forum. Based in last year’s success, AAAE is putting together the 2nd Annual Airports Energy Efficiency Conference, to take place in Seattle, WA on November 16-18, 2009. This year’s forum promises to be even bigger and better than 2008's!

Helping airports figure out how to employ the latest strategies and best practices to minimize/eliminate energy waste and optimize operations is the number one goal for this conference. “Going green” isn’t just a buzzword; it can also save you money and resources.

This forum will address basic ways that airports can save up to 30% with minimum investments: increase efficiency through the use of low-cost technology and equipment, improve facility design and efficiency, improve energy-related operations and maintenance, recommission facilities and controls for optimum comfort and energy use.

For further program information, contact Mariana Rodriguez, AAAE, at (703) 824-0500, Ext. 188, or e-mail

For further registration information, contact Alexia Marquez, CMP, AAAE, at (703) 824-0500, Ext. 201, or e-mail

August 5 - 7, 2009 - Chicago, IL
AAAE/O'Hare Airports Going Green Workshop

September 1 – 2, 2009 2:00-4:00 PM
AAAE Aircraft and Airfield Deicing and Stormwater Issues Webinar
A two-part series featuring the soon-to-be-released EPA ELG rule;
airport case studies; and the recently released ACRP Report

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