Sustainability Awards

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Airports Going Green Award. This prestigious award recognizes the contributions of each outstanding project, program, or person in pursuit of sustainability within the aviation industry. Made from reclaimed wood, these awards will be presented by CDA Deputy Commissioner of Environment Aaron Frame at the 2018 Airports Going Green Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, during the awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 6.

Congratulations to all recipients!

2018 Airports Going Green Award Recipients


Paul Manasjan
Technical Expert, Haley & Aldrich
Former Director of Environmental Affairs, San Diego International Airport

2018 James M. Crites Pioneer in Aviation Sustainability Award


Brisbane Airport Corporation, Australia Corporate Sustainability Strategy

Integral Solid Waste Management Program, El Dorado International Airport,
Bogota, Colombia

Green Commuter Program, Toronto Pearson International Airport

United Airlines
Partnership with Clean the World
To repurpose amenity kits for those in need


San Diego International Airport
Sustainability Management Program

Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority

Merritt Island Airport
Runway 11/29 Safety Area Improvements
Sustainable Infrastructure Development

Leadership of Theresa Samosiuk
Senior Project Manager
Planning, Design, and Construction
Wayne County Airport Authority, Michigan

2018 Airports Going Green Award Honorable Mentions

  • Sustainable Water Quality Program at Jackson Hole Airport, Wyoming
  • Conexao Escola “School Connection”, Rio de Janeiro International Airport, Brazil
  • Leadership of Jeff Daniels, Assistant Director Maintenance Operations, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
  • Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Mattress Recycling Program, Chicago, Illinois
  • Raptor Relocation Project, United Airlines
  • Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport Parking Structure Sustainability
This year featured a record 32 nominations for consideration, showcasing how prominent the sustainability focus has become within the aviation community.
The Airports Going Green Awards were established with the firm belief that industry recognition is a key element to fostering sustainability achievement and innovation. Made of reclaimed wood, these awards are a lasting testament to the awardee's commitment to sustainability within the aviation industry.  Each year, the Airports Going Green (AGG) conference recognizes and celebrates sustainability in the aviation industry. We'd like to congratulate all past award and honorable mentions recipients.

The 2018 awards will be presented by Chicago Department of Aviation Deputy Commissioner of Environment Aaron Frame at the 11th Annual Airports Going Green Conference in Atlanta, Georgia during the Airports Going Green Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 6. We'd like to thank Landrum & Brown for sponsoring this year's luncheon.

A special thank-you goes to the Awards Evaluation Committee members:

  • Aaron Frame, Deputy Commissioner of Environment, Chicago Department of Aviation
  • Brendan Reed, Director, Planning & Environmental Affairs, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
  • Melissa Solberg, Sustainability Manager, Tampa International Airport
  • Denise Pronk, Program Manager Corporate Responsibility, Schiphol Group
  • Prabh Banga, Associate Director, Strategy & Growth, Toronto Pearson International Airport
  • Aileen Cho, Senior Editor, Transportation, Engineering News Record
  • Paul Bowers, Publisher, Airport Improvement Magazine