How cities can fight climate change most effectively

Read the full story from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

What are the best ways for U.S. cities to combat climate change? A new study co-authored by an MIT professor indicates it will be easier for cities to reduce emissions coming from residential energy use rather than from local transportation — and this reduction will happen mostly thanks to better building practices, not greater housing density.

Webinar: Preventing Food Waste Upstream: A Source Reduction Approach

November 16, 2017 — noon-1:30 pm CST
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The top tier of EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy is source reduction, which is reducing the volume of surplus food generated. Source reduction can be challenging to understand, quantify, and implement. Businesses and organizations can learn to effectively prevent wasted food by taking source reduction steps such as inventorying supplies, changing processes, and buying less. Looking through a sustainable materials management lens, preventing wasted food provides the greatest potential for cost savings and resource conservation relative to the other food recovery hierarchy activities, as demonstrated by the US EPA Waste Reduction Model (WARM). This webinar will introduce progressive examples from a state agency and the business community that prevent wasted food at the source.

Airports Going Green 2017 Award Recipients Announced

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 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 2017 Airports Going Green Conference in Dallas, Texas, during the awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 14.

2017 Airports Going Green Award Recipients:
Sam Mehta, Environmental Services Manager

San Francisco International Airport

2017 James M. Crites Aviation Sustainability Pioneer Award
Denver International Airport
Hotel and Transit Center Project
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport/
Wayne County Airport Authority
Reconstruction of Runway 4L-22R and Associated Taxiways
Farmer’s Fridge

Chicago O’Hare International Airport

John Kulikowski, United States Air Force
Chief, Airfield Pavement Evaluation Team
London Gatwick Airport
Recycling and Renewable Energy Facility
Swedavia Airports
Sustainable Aviation Fuel & Fly Green Fund
Tampa International Airport
Be WELL Health and Wellness Campaign
Vancouver Airport Authority
Project Green YVR: Climate Smart Partnership


2017 Airports Going Green Award Honorable Mentions:
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Sustainable Food Court Initiative
  • Meacham International Airport, Fort Worth, Texas, Administration Building Renovation
  • Orlando International Airport Sustainability Initiatives, Under the Leadership of Judith-Ann Jarrette, Recycling Rangers; Airport Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal F Baggage Claim Building
  • Port Authority of New York and Jersey, John F. Kennedy International Airport – TWA Flight Center Hotel Facility
  • JFKIAT, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Terminal 4 Sustainability Initiatives and Operations/Maintenance Practices
  • Rio de Janeiro International Airport, Organic Solid Waste Management
  • Sacramento International Airport, 7.9 MW PV Facility
  • San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Sustainability Initiatives, The Good Traveler Program; Green Concessions Program
  • Chicago Midway International Airport, Runway 13C-31C Rehab and EMAS Replacement
This year featured a record 27 nominations for consideration, showcasing how prominent the environmental focus has become within the aviation community. The Evaluation Committee included:
  • Paul Bowers, Publisher for Airport Improvement Magazine (AI)
  • Aileen Cho, Senior Editor of Transportation for Engineering News-Record (ENR)
  • Kris Russell, Environmental Program Manager, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
  • Denise Pronk, Program Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Schiphol Group
  • Melissa Solberg, Sustainability Manager, Tampa International Airport
  • Brendan Reed, Director, Planning & Environmental Affairs, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
  • Scott Morrissey, Senior Director, Sustainability, Denver International Airport
  • Lyne Michaud, Environment and Sustainability, Assistant Director, Aeroports de Montreal
  • Gene Peters, Director, Ricondo and Associates
  • Sara Christen-Hassert, Senior Managing Consultant, Landrum & Brown
The Airports Going Green Conference is the industry’s leading sustainability platform that translates relevant megatrends to the aviation sector in general and to airports in particular. Key concepts like value creation, impact measurement and activating purpose bring together aviation leaders, experts, and innovators from around the world.  The goal of AGG is to forge strong relationships and provide an exchange of knowledge between people and countries around the world in the area of sustainability in the aviation sector.
The 2017 Airports Going Green (AGG) Conference will be held Dallas, Texas at the Hilton Anatolehotel, and is jointly hosted by Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). Register today at


Smart Management for Small Water Systems Project

The Smart Management for Small Water Systems Project seeks to address major issues facing the nation’s smallest drinking water systems (those serving 10,000 or fewer people). The project team of experts works with water systems across the country, US territories, and the Navajo Nation to address these issues, which range from asset management and rate setting to water loss detection and conservation, through training and technical assistance.

City Ordinances and Policies of Successful Zero Waste Communities

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As the number of communities embracing Zero Waste grows to more than two hundred within the United States, a pattern can be observed from the programs that have achieved success. As new communities consider the bold step forward toward enhancing their diversion programs and declaring Zero Waste goals, planning for the future becomes essential. Watching other communities expand their programs, and engage in the learning processes of collection, processing, marketing of hard to recycle materials, as well as deploying new public education and outreach motivation programs is important for those ready to move forward and explore the new frontiers of Zero Waste.

Leaving the Gray Behind

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Researchers with EPA’s Net Zero Program are working with the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas Unified School District 475, and other partners to demonstrate and assess green infrastructure technologies and performance at Fort Riley, an Army base in Kansas.

Greener City Streets Aren’t Just About Traffic. They’re About Rainwater, Too.

Read the full story in Governing.

As cities push to become more environmentally friendly, transportation planners are being asked to consider how both traffic and water flows through their streets.