Airports Going Green Conference

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The American Association of Airport Executives and the City of Chicago Department of Aviation invite you to the Airports Going Green Conference, November 15-17, 2010, at the Doubletree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois.

This conference brings together aviation sustainability leaders and innovators, providing national and international airport and airline perspectives on sustainability. This conference covers all aspects of sustainable environmental design, construction, operation, maintenance, concessions and tenants unique to an airport environment. The lineup of presenters will come from all arenas in the aviation industry: airport management, regulatory, construction, academia, airlines, concessionaires, and media.

Day one of the conference (November 15th) will feature the City of Chicago's Sustainable Airport Manual (SAM) and its newest chapters incorporating sustainability into planning, operations and maintenance, and for concessions and tenants. With these industry-leading initiatives, the SAM remains at the forefront of the aviation industry after setting the standard for "green" airport design and construction in the U.S. Case studies from airport management and industry leaders from across the nation and around the world will highlight how to take environmentally sustainable practices and techniques from vision to reality. The newly updated SAM and its rating system will be featured, along with the innovative leaders who assisted in its creation, in order to educate, and facilitate an open dialogue on applying sustainability to the aviation industry.

Day two of the conference (November 16th) will begin by featuring the airlines' perspectives on sustainability, followed by nationally and internationally recognized airport leaders and case studies on topics ranging from the use of emerging technologies, research, and funding; increased attention on alternative renewable energy such as photo-voltaics and geothermal; use of alternative fuels; and waste reduction and recycling initiatives. We'll round out day two by hearing the media's perspectives on environmental sustainability, current trends and overall impressions, and learn how airports can better promote the exciting advances being made in sustainability.

On the morning of day three (November 17th), Airports Going Green attendees will be offered an opportunity, free of charge, to access the U.S. Green Building Council's "Greenbuild" conference exhibit hall where thousands of sustainable products, services and examples will be displayed. Also included that day is an airfield tour of O'Hare's $6.6 billion O'Hare Modernization Program construction sites and recently completed sustainability features, enabling attendees to gain a first-hand look at sustainability accomplishments. Space for the tour is limited, so please be sure to indicate your attendance on the registration form.

This conference is designed to bring together leaders from many different sectors of the aviation industry, including, but not limited to: FAA, airports, airlines, universities, consultants, equipment manufacturers, construction professionals, regulators, concessionaires, and media professionals. This conference also provides great sponsorship and exhibit opportunities for anyone interested. "Airports Going Green" provides an ideal opportunity to "Join the Movement" and show your commitment to environmental sustainability for the industry.

All sessions will take place at the Doubletree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile. The conference will begin on Monday, November 15, at 9 a.m. (registration and continental breakfast at 8 a.m.) and will end after the airfield tour on Wednesday, November 17, at 4 p.m. Free access to the USGBC Greenbuild 2010 Exhibit Hall will be on the morning of Wednesday, November 17. Transportation will be provided to both the airport tour and the USGBC Greenbuild.

Registration fees include the reception, two continental breakfasts, two lunches, all refreshment breaks, the airport tour, and course materials. Dress is business casual (no ties).