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E O V IR O N CN L U M N M E N T RESOURCE UNVEILED New SAGA Database will help airports with sustainability solutions t’s now getting easier for airports to be green, and stay that way. The Sustainable Aviation Guidance Alliance (SAGA) unveiled its new database of sustainability practices at the 2009 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Austin. There are more than 1,000 ideas to help airports in any phase of development or existence to become more efficient, while saving money and the environment, and more ideas are coming. Solutions range from the very basic and easy: State “please consider the environment before printing this email” on the footer of all e-mails (and write a similar message on other electronic documents) to the more elaborate: Use an on-site biological system for treating deicing runoff to concentrations acceptable for discharge to surface waters or the sanitary sewer, including: a moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) system; a sequencing batch reactor system; a reciprocating subsurface treatment system; or a anaerobic fluidized bed reactor (FBR) system; and the unusual: Utilize worm boxes in kitchens to reduce leftover food waste (add coffee grounds to increase the efficiency of the worms). The database is designed to be a “living” document – ideas can be added as new initiatives are identified, new technologies become available, or new ways of searching are realized. I best practices for the Database. In addition to ACI-NA, members include Airports Consultants Council, American Association of Airport Executives, Air Transport Association and the Federal Aviation Administration, airport representatives as well as industry representatives from Ricondo & Associates, CDM, and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. The group was formed because one of the most often discussed issues at aviation conferences was sustainability and the economy. The various associations and agencies chose to pull their resources rather than work independently to create the most viable and standardized format for the information. G. Hardy Acree, the 2009-10 Chairman of ACI-NA, and a member of the team which created the database said, “This tool consolidates existing resources and best practices for airports.” Format and use The original database was created by team members who assembled and reviewed more than 100 resources. Airport authorities in Chicago, Los Angeles and Columbus, as well as professional organizations, like ACI-NA and ATA, governmental bodies like the Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Research Board as well as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guides and many industry professionals were tapped as sources. Because of the breadth of sources, some of them overlapped, to the user’s benefit. Researching a basic issue like waste reduction in the day-to-day airport operations in the gate areas and passenger handling offers six solu- tions, ranging from very easy: Change soap dispensers throughout the airport to units that dispense soap foam versus liquid soap. The soap foam reduces the amount of product being dispensed. To more detailed and long-term: Conduct a waste composition study (an audit of waste streams) to identify the most common types and amount of waste collected. This particular search also offers a link to a product that will incinerate waste more efficiently, while still meeting all current standards. There are five main search categories within the database, Practice Category, Activity, Functional Area, Sub Category and EONS (EONS is the acronym for the four functional parts completing the whole for holistic airport management: Economic viability, Operations efficiency, Natural resources and Social responsibility), as well as a keyword search, and results can be viewed in three different formats. While some of the solutions may be tied to U.S. regulations, airports in Canada and elsewhere will find many opportunities for basic problem solving, as many solutions are just changes in products, or recycling habits. The database has only begun to grow, and to sustain it, ideas from airport personnel, government officials, aviation professionals and industry partners will need to be fed into the system, keeping it an up-to-date, reliable and efficient form of helping any airport be more efficient with their energy usage and dollars. ■ ON THE WEB Access the SAGA Database at History Alliance members began working in 2008 on collecting ideas and CENTERLINES | DECEMBER 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Centerlines - December 2009

Centerlines - December 2009
Table of Contents
President's Message
Canadian Airports
Associates' Corner
Policy Corner
Training Center
On the Hill and On the Stump
Cover Story: Time to Look Ahead
Griesbach Concessions Award Winners
Passenger Focus: Enabling the Disabled
Environment: Sustainable Aviation Guidance Alliance
Now Underway
New Members
Index of Advertisers/
Box Scores

Centerlines - December 2009