Commissioner Andolino Discusses Airport Sustainability with Harvard University Students
CHICAGO, October 11, 2012 - Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino was a guest lecturer this evening for an "Environmental Management of International Tourism Development" course at Harvard University. She spoke to the students and faculty via teleconference about Chicago's industry-leading airport sustainability initiatives.
Andolino's presentation provided an overview of O'Hare and Midway International Airports; background on how Chicago became an international leader for airport sustainability by integrating sustainability into construction of the O'Hare Modernization Program (OMP); the CDA's more recent focus on sustainable airport operations; and how the CDA is engaging with stakeholders, such as airport concessions, other airports and the general public. She concluded the lecture with her thoughts on the future of airport sustainability; saying that there are significant opportunities to advance new and emerging technologies and that there is growing local government support for sustainability.
The Harvard course is available to degree students in business and environmental management and non-degree students worldwide, both in the classroom and online. Students were able to view Commissioner Andolino's lecture via live web-streaming and send chat messages with questions making today's lecture a very interactive experience. Following Andolino's presentation, Houshang Esmaili, a Chief Engineer at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) spoke to the class via teleconference about SFOs environmental sustainability program.
Andolino was invited to speak to the class following Harvard's research on the sustainable work being done at O'Hare. According to the course's professor, Megan Epler Wood, one of the top papers written for the course last year was on the O'Hare Urban Garden: A Sustainable Airport Food and Beverage Supply Chain, by Tracey Button. Click here to read her paper.
Leaders at Harvard consider the "Environmental Management of International Tourism Development" course as a way to provide a central source of information for individuals working in the sustainable management of tourism and as a means to draw attention to the importance of this work for corporate leaders, professionals and students worldwide. Hundreds of students from around the world take the courses in the Environmental Management program, and the demand is increasing rapidly.