Airport earns award for water conservation
Hartsfield-Jackson on October 4 received a 2012 Best in Class — Business award from the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper nonprofit organization in recognition of its project to install efficient, low-flow toilets, saving more than 55 million gallons of water per year.
“Hartsfield-Jackson continuously strives to reduce its impact on the environment, and we have worked hard to reduce our water usage,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. “With nearly 250,000 people passing through the Airport every day, the extra water saved with low-flow toilets adds up quickly. It’s not only the responsible thing to do for the environment but also a financially sound decision.”
For its 2012 “Filling the Water Gap: Conservation Successes and Missed Opportunities in Metro Atlanta” report, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper consulted with utility companies to identify local companies and organizations that were leading the way in water conservation. The report noted that the Airport has installed 630 new toilets, 1,200 urinals and more than 1,000 faucets so far.
Sharon Douglas (right), Airport sustainability manager, accepts the award from Laura Hartt of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.
International terminal wins development award
The Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal received the 2012 Award of Excellence from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Atlanta during a ceremony at the Atlanta History Center on September 20.
“We are honored that the international terminal was recognized by ULI Atlanta for its cutting-edge planning, design and construction,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. “The professionals who worked on this project — the Department of Aviation staff and a team of consultants — provided the necessary expertise in a variety of disciplines to ensure that this project was a success and that the international terminal will continue to make metro Atlanta proud.”
This year there was a tie for the prestigious honor; the other winner was the Global Gateway development in College Park, which connects to the Airport via the ATL SkyTrain that also serves the rental car center.
ULI Atlanta describes the Award of Excellence as recognizing “an outstanding real estate development project or initiative that exemplifies the ULI’s mission of providing leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities. … The award recognizes the full development process of a project.”
Airport marks September 11 anniversary
The Department of Aviation, in collaboration with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), participated in the “Partner in Peace and Preparedness: Remembering 9/11” program in the Airport Atrium.
“We will never forget September 11,” Aviation Deputy General Manager Balram Bheodari said. “We must always remember the strength and spirit that united our great nation. Together we can and will grow stronger.”
The program included personal reflections from Bheodari and other aviation executives, musical selections and a candle lighting and moment of silence to remember each plane crash. The TSA and U.S. Customs honor guards presented the colors.
Aviation Deputy General Manager Balram Bheodari shares memories of September 11, 2001, during a program in the Atrium.
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