Chattanooga Airport Receives Environmental Award

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Chattanooga Airport has been named a recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for the Pursuit of Excellence category. 

“From our solar farm, to our LEED certified facilities, to our in-terminal recycling program, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do,” said Terry Hart, airport president. “This award affirms our dedication to green building and sustainable business practices and we are honored to have been selected.”   

The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards program recognizes organizations whose projects and initiatives work to improve or protect the environment voluntarily without being required by law or regulation. This year, 11 organizations across the state were recognized for their contributions, several of which were located in the southeast.

“This award highlights our continued sustainability efforts and brings attention to the environmental stewardship initiatives in our region,” said Dan Jacobson, chairman of the Airport Authority board. “We appreciate that our state government has a program in place to emphasize the importance of green development and that they are recognizing our efforts.  They have been a great partner in this work.”  

According to the award criteria, the Pursuit of Excellence Award is given to a past winner who continues to demonstrate a high regard for environmental stewardship practices. The Chattanooga Airport received the 2013 Award for Sustainable Performance based on several completed projects including the installation of a 1 megawatt solar farm and LEED Platinum and Gold certified general aviation facilities.

Since receiving the 2013 award, Chattanooga Airport officials completed a national water quality demonstration project on Brainerd Road, achieved LEED Gold status on a new hangar, began operation of a second 1.1 megawatt solar farm, and completed a terminal renovation, which is expected to garner LEED Silver certification this summer. 

The Chattanooga Airport has been recognized for its sustainability initiatives outside of the state as well. Earlier this year the organization was awarded the Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award for their innovative design plan and use of green infrastructure for the development of the green space on Brainerd Road. In addition, Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) selected the Chattanooga Airport for an Honorable Mention for the 2012 ACI-NA Environmental Achievement Award in the Environmental Management category.

“We exist to serve our community and we accomplish that by providing the very best service for our commercial, air cargo, corporate and general aviation customers,” Mr. Hart said. “But serving the community also includes doing our part to improve the environment and this recognition from the state proves that we are on the right track.” 

The award will be presented to all of this year’s winners in a ceremony in Nashville on June 23.


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