Chicago Department of Aviation
Airports Going Green Conference Agenda

CHICAGO, October 22, 2012 -- The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is pleased to announce the Agenda for the 5th Annual Airports Going Green Conference, November 4-7, 2012 at the Westin River North Hotel, 320 N. Dearborn, Chicago.

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Airports Going Green Agenda


Sunday, November 4
3:00 - 6:00 p.m. -- On-Site Registration

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. -- Airport CEO Roundtable.

Examine the airport sustainability vision from the highest level.
  • Moderator: Tudor Van Hampton, Engineering News Record
  • Panelists: Rosemarie Andolino, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation; Jeffrey Fegan, CEO, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport; John Potter,President & CEO, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; Mark Gale, CEO, Philadelphia International Airport; George Karamanos, Director of Marketing, Media, & Communications, Abu Dhabi Airports Company; Jim Elwood, Aviation Director, Aspen/Pitkin County Airport
Monday, November 5

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. -- On-Site Registration & Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30 - 9:15 a.m. -- Welcome Remarks/City of Chicago's Sustainability Vision
  • The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago (Invited);
  • Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago
  • Rosemarie S. Andolino, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation
  • Amy Malick, Deputy Commissioner of Sustainability, Chicago Department of Aviation
9:45 - 10:15 a.m. -- Coffee Break with Exhibitors

10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. -- The Future of Airport Sustainability

Interactive presentation highlighting visions for the future of airport sustainability
  • Moderator: James Crites, Executive Vice President, Operations, Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport
  • Panelists: Nigel Milton, Director of Policy & Political Relations, Heathrow International Airport; Marijn Ornstein, Senior Manager, Safety, Environment, & Firebrigade, Amsterdan-Schiphol International Airport; Marc St-Jean, General Manager, Energy Utilities & Conservation, Greater Toronto Airports Authority; Nancy Young, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Airlines for America
12:15 - 1:45 p.m. -- Luncheon

Introduction of Chasing Ice National Geographic Award Winning Documentary to be screened this evening
  • Keynote Address: Brice Gosnell, Vice President of Publishing, Lonely Planet
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. -- Preview of the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (MASBI)
  • Moderator: Amy Malick, Deputy Commissioner of Sustainability, Chicago Department of Aviation
  • Panelists: Jimmy Samartzis, Managing Director of Global Sustainability, United Airlines; Stephen Emmert, Environmental Strategy- Regional Director, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Amy Francetic, Executive Director, Clean Energy Trust 
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. -- FAA Reauthorization & Sustainability Mandates
  • Session Leaders: Christa Fornarotto, Associate Administrator for Airports, Federal Aviation Administration; Ralph Thompson, Manager, Airport Planning and Environmental Programs Federal Aviation Administration
3:45 - 4:15 p.m. -- Afternoon Break with Exhibitors

4:15 - 5:15 p.m. -- Concurrent Sessions

Track A: Take a Bite Out of Green Concessions

  • Moderator: Angela Shafer-Payne, Vice President of Planning & Operations, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
  • Panelists: Steve Dietz, Business Manager, Food Donation Connection;Thomas Konacki, Senior Vice President of Food & Beverage, Hudson Group
Track B: What's New in Sustainable Products? Exhibitor/Vendor PechaKucha/Speed Dating

Each Exhibitor/Vendor is given a limit of 6 min & 20 slides to speak about product/service

  • Moderator: David Robbins, Projects Administrator, Chicago Department of Aviation
  • Exhibitor/Vendor:
    1. ThermoEnergy
    2. Walsh Construction
    3. Johnson Controls
    4. Sain Engineering
    5. American Safety Technologies
    6. Oracle
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. -- Reception with Exhibitors

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. -- Screening of Chasing Ice National Geographic Award Winning Documentary

Tuesday, November 6
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. -- Registration & Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors


9:00 - 10:15 a.m. -- Concurrent Sessions 


Track A:  Linking Building Design and Human Health
Links between design, well-being, productivity, biomimicry, and post-occupancy satisfaction 

  • Moderator: Mary Ann Lazarus, Global Director of Sustainable Design, HOK  
  • Panelists: Robert Freeman, Airport Environmental Manager, Los Angeles World Airports; Dan Gilkison, Lead Project Engineer, Port of Portland; Jim Stanislaski, Senior Architect, Gensler

Track B:  Using Technology to Advance Airport Sustainability

The future of social media; Defining sustainable IT/How to implement sustainable IT at airports 

  • Moderator: Kevin Hauswirth, Director of Social Media, City of Chicago
  • Panelists: Ryan Spicer, Enterprise Sustainability Programs Manager, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport; George Karamanos, Director of Marketing, Media, & Communications, Abu Dhabi Airports Company

10:15-10:45 a.m.    Coffee Break with Exhibitors: Grand Court  


10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. -- Concurrent Sessions


Track A: New Approaches to Airport Sustainability Planning
Comprehensive sustainability planning and reporting for airports 

  • Moderator: Michael Cheyne, Director, Asset Management & Sustainability, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Panelists: Jim Elwood, Airport Director, Aspen/Pitkin County Airport; Christine Vitt, Assistant Vice President, Construction & Environmental, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority; Paul Manasjan, Director, Environmental Affairs, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

Track B: Closing the Loop: Toward a NetZero Airport 

  • Moderator: Sam Mehta, Environmental Services/Environmental Manager, San Francisco International Airport
  • Panelists: Bob Lucas, Terminal Manager, Charlotte-Douglas International Airport; Kathryn Crighton-Smith, Senior Project Management Specialist, Properties Department, FedEx; Jonathan Strauss, Lead Consultant, State Verticals, Public Sector, Constellation Energy

12:15 - 1:45 p.m. -- Luncheon - Airports Going Green Awards 

  • Led by Stanis Smith, Senior Vice President, Stantec; Rosemarie Andolino, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation; Amy Malick, Deputy Commissioner of Sustainability, Chicago Department of Aviation

2:00 - 3:15 p.m. -- Concurrent Sessions


Track A: Won't you Be My Neighbor? Connecting Airports and Communities
Connecting airports to the broader community 

  • Moderator: Christopher Drew, Director of Sustainability, AS+GG Architects
  • Panelists: Gregory Owens, Director, Real Estate Management Division, Miami International Airport; Kane Carpenter, Environmental Conservation Program Manager, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Track B: Get Smarter: Current Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Sustainability Projects 

  • Moderator: Gail Staba, Senior Program Officer, Transportation Research Board
  • Panelists: Joan Zatopek, Senior Aviation Project Manager, Oakland International Airport; Arlyn Purcell, Supervisor, Environmental Programs, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey; Bruno Miller, Principal, Energy & Environment, Metron Aviation

3:45 - 5:00 p.m. -- Concurrent Sessions


Track A: Workshop: Implementing SAM for Concessions & Tenants 

  • Leaders: Ted Woosley, Vice-President, Landrum & Brown; Gene Peters, Director, Ricondo & Associates
  • Speakers: Bradley Maher, Assistant General Manager, HMS Host; Stephen Miller, Chief Operating Officer, MAC One Midway, LLC

Track B: Making it Happen: Implementing Innovative Energy Programs 

  • Moderator: Dan Raudebaugh, Executive Director, Center for Transportation & the Environment,
  • Panelists: Aimee Fenlon, Environmental/Public Health Analyst, Denver International Airport; James Grant, Associate Vice President, Energy & Fueling Director, HNTB Corporation; George Bourassa, Principal, Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

Wednesday, November 7   


9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. -- Airfield Tour: O'Hare Modernization Program. Followed by Reception at the O'Hare Urban Garden  


Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities Available

Demonstrate your company's commitment to the aviation industry by becoming an event sponsor! By doing so, you will showcase your company's dedication to promoting environmental excellence through education. For sponsorship availability, contact Gwen Papineau Basaria, AAAE at (703) 824-0500, ext. 187, or email  


Airports Going Green is the aviation industry's leading sustainability forum, and will offer the opportunity to hear about sustainability case studies, innovations, and achievements. We'll hear from exceptional keynotes and aviation industry leaders on how a commitment to sustainability practices drives decision making, influences the marketplace, and saves money and resources.  


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