International terminal gets test run
To make sure the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal is prepared to accommodate passengers from the moment it opens, the Airport is holding a dress rehearsal on May 2.
About 1,500 members of the public will be brought on site to portray international passengers and put every aspect of the international terminal to the test from 8:30 a.m. until noon. “Passengers” even will bring suitcases to test the baggage handling system.
“We want to make absolutely certain that everything is ready for opening day on May 16,” said interim Deputy General Manager Balram Bheodari. “The goal of the simulation exercise is to identify and eliminate any potential issues related to opening day.”
Airport receives environmental award
Hartsfield-Jackson earned the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2012 Environmental “Enpact” Award at a breakfast ceremony March 23 at the Georgia Aquarium.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for our commitment to environmental responsibility,” said Louis Miller, Aviation general manager. “We will continue looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and investing in necessary improvements today to create a better world for generations to come.”
The “Enpact” award recognizes an outstanding program or initiative that significantly curbs pollution in metro Atlanta. The Airport was chosen based on the programs in its sustainable management plan (for more information, click here) and other green initiatives, including replacing more than 4,000 210-watt metal-halide lights with 80-watt light-emitting diodes and establishing a cell phone lot, which opened in February.
Hartsfield-Jackson’s Sharon Douglas (from left), Michael Cheyne and Kyle Mastin pose with the 2012 Environmental “Enpact” Award. Photo by Holly Elmore, Zero Waste in Action blog.
Floral clock wins Grand Award
Hartsfield-Jackson’s floral clock, which has become a landscaping centerpiece, received statewide recognition in the Urban Ag Council (UAC) Professional Landscape Awards.
On January 31, the UAC awarded the clock a Grand Award in the Design/Build/Installation: Commercial (under $75,000) category. The judges commented that it was “original, wonderfully simple and still looks great.”
“We are extremely proud to receive this award,” said Chris Davis, Aviation Maintenance assistant director. “When motorists arrive at or depart from the Airport, our landscape is both the first and last impression that they will have of our facility. This award is truly a reflection of the hard work, pride and dedication of our strong team of maintenance professionals.”
The judges described the floral clock as “original, wonderfully simple and still looks great.”
Airport’s female leaders in the spotlight
Two Airport employees — Janulyn Lennon, interim director of Security, and Tracy Gilbert, special programs manager — were invited by outside organizations to participate in Women’s History Month events during March.
Lennon, Georgia first lady Sandra Deal and 13 other prominent women were honored by the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL/Women) at its fifth annual awards luncheon on March 13. The event’s theme is “Saluting Phenomenal Trailblazers.”
Lennon, a pioneer in the traditionally male-dominated field of aviation security, also was a keynote speaker at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s annual Women’s History Month program on March 16. Both Lennon and Gilbert participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Transportation Security Administration for its second annual Women’s History Program on March 20.
Janulyn Lennon was honored by the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, delivered a keynote address for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s annual Women’s History Month program and served on a panel at the Transportation Security Administration’s second annual Women’s History Program.
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