Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Recognized for Sustainability
In the Airport Review News on December 14, 2015, Claire Cole reported that the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority received two awards for its environmental initiatives.
First was a Recycling Recognition Award, presented by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. This reflects a 52 percent recycling rate achieved by the GOAA Purchasing Department. In 2014, more than 1,800 tons of waste were diverted.
Then the Center for Urban Transportation Research named Orlando International (MCO) to its Best Workplaces for Commuters list.
This designation placed GOAA on a list of almost 2,000 employers offering employee commuter benefits.
GOAA’s Sustainability Management Plan, created in 2013, outlines these objectives:
- Reduce waste to the landfill
- Reduce energy use
- Increase the conservation of water
- Integrate sustainable practices into business procedures and written agreements
- Include sustainable planning, design and construction practices into airport contracts
- Minimize environmental impacts
- Reduce single-occupancy commuting and increase alternative transportation
- Continue to be a community leader and partner in sustainability
Phil Brown, GOAA Executive Director described the importance of sustainability: “Orlando International Airport was designed to be environmentally responsive, and we continue to demonstrate our commitment to pursuing ecologically sound policies. Our sustainability goals allow us to maintain our focus on achieving meaningful progress.”