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Airports Just Got Greener
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by Sarah Howell

When you think of environmentally friendly habitats, you would not normally think of airports. But LAX and Chicago’s O’Hare airport are happy to turn that line of thinking on its head.

Both LAX and O’Hare International recently received rewards at the Airports Going Green convention in Chicago. The annual gathering promotes information regarding sustainability efforts and gives the aviation and airport industry a chance to immerse themselves in the world of going green.

LAX was recognized for the airport’s nature preserve at LAX protecting the endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly, and O’Hare was recognized for the apiary that not only promotes beekeeping, but also provides jobs for ex-offenders.

Also during this year’s conference, there was a fashion show that featured designs from repurposed materials, such as seat-back covers that were donated from United Airlines as a part of its Eco-Skies program.

The Chicago Department of Aviation announced during the conference that a travel center and fueling station would be build on vacant, city-owned property near O’Hare. The fueling station would provide compressed natural gas and biodiesel, conventional gasoline, and charging stations for electric vehicles.

Said the CDA commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino, “We are pleased to provide sustainable alternatives for drivers near O’Hare International Airport to complement our own fleet of green vehicles as well as the electric vehicle charging stations we have at O’Hare and Midway International Airports.”

Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2014/11/05/airports-going-green/18534113/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=tp-todayinthesky

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