Mainstream Sustainability

Paul Bowers

This November/December issue of the magazine will be distributed at the 15th Annual Airports Going Green (AGG), which is back in Chicago, where the conference was born. We’ve supported AGG over the years and have created special content to match.

When looking over the slate of stories in this edition, some were included specifically for their sustainability angles while others could fit just as well in other issues. And in some cases, the sustainability story emerged late in the game.

A prime example of the latter is the new ground transportation center at Bradley International (see Page 32). The story begins by discussing airport growth, rental cars, efficiency and the all-important customer experience. All typical ingredients for our stories.

But there’s also a sidebar about electric car charging, which came to light late in the process. What wasn’t a big issue in 2017 when plans for the new facility were first drawn up evolved significantly? The airport added the infrastructure needed to support the number of electric vehicles rental car companies are now bringing online. Having a two-car charging station just won’t do anymore, and this new transportation center reflects that.

Kudos to BDL for working toward market realities that aren’t too far into the distance.

And kudos to our industry for mainstreaming sustainability!


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