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San Diego Airport Authority Earns Environmental Award

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has been selected by the city of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department as a 2010 Recycler of the Year. The annual awards program recognizes the most innovative and improved recycling programs in the city, and it is the airport authority’s fourth consecutive time earning the honor.

 “We are proud to be recognized for the airport’s efforts in preserving natural resources,” says Thella F. Bowens, president and CEO of the airport authority, which owns and operates San Diego International (SAN).  “Our employees initiated several new environmental programs this year, and we appreciate the recognition for their hard work.”

The Airport Authority also received the Recycler of the Year award in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004 and 2003.  Among the airport’s most recent environmental accomplishments:

–  A solid waste-reduction plan, which led to a highly successful coffee composting program
–  Development of an alternative fuel vehicle program for commercial vehicles that utilize the airport, including converting the airport’s own shuttles to compressed natural gas vehicles
–  Going green in the office with environmentally preferable purchasing: converting to kitchen utensils made from recycled products and discontinuing purchase of single-use water bottles
–  Testing of a solar-powered trash and recycling compactor, which has five times more capacity than a standard trash container and reduces the number of collections trips by 80%
–  Responsible landscaping through use of native, water-resistant plants
–  Use of energy-saving light-emitting diode airfield signage, runway and taxiway lights

The airport authority was presented the award April 21 at an event hosted by the city of San Diego Environmental Services Department.  

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