Environmental Excellence Awards Program
For Airlines, Tenants, and Business Partners of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
The Sea-Tac Airport Environmental Excellence Awards Program recognizes Airline, Tenant, and Business Partner environmental stewardship efforts for the past year and the critical role their accomplishments play in meeting our goal to be “The Green Gateway.”
Sea-Tac is an environmental pacesetter & leader—committed to creating a sustainable airport that minimizes the environmental impacts of our operations. The Port of Seattle is committed to integrating environmental considerations into all aspects of its strategic planning and business decision making, including its relations with business partners.
2013 Award Winners
On April 23, 2013, the Port of Seattle Commission recognized the positive environmental efforts of tenants at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with Green Gateway Environmental Excellence Awards. The winners achieved recognition for their comprehensive efforts in programs from food scrap composting, Food Bank donations and recycling.
This year’s awards recognized three airport tenants:
FedEx (Airport Tenant -- Environmental Performance Category)
- Lighting retrofit achieved estimated annual energy savings of 377,377 kWh per year, or 70% energy savings, resulting in estimated annual utility bill savings of $33,341. The project is expected to have a 1.5 year payback without factoring in partial installation funding provided through the Bonneville Power Administration energy saving incentive program.
- Replaced old lighting at Air Cargo facility with new energy efficient lights and occupancy sensors and participated in the Port’s energy saving incentive program.
- Replaced 191 high wattage non-fluorescent lamps and fixtures with T5 or T8 high performance lamps and fixtures and occupancy sensors.
Concessions International (Airport Concessionaire -- Environmental Performance Category)
- Participating stores saved $5,000 in garbage disposal fees by 21% reduction in trash compared to 2011 by recycling plastic milk jugs, plastic bags and product packaging, and composting food-soiled fibers and food scraps.
- Reduced waste sent to landfill by increasing recycling and composting at Airport stores.
Keeney’s Office Supply (Service Provider -- Environmental Education and Outreach)
- Assisted the Port of Seattle in purchasing sustainable office supplies including 85% of recycled content paper products and 39% of other sustainable non-paper products. The program included analysis of Port office product procurement habits, and identification of sustainable and lower cost alternatives.
- Implemented an on-line supply ordering system that prioritizes sustainable office products over alternatives, includes aggressive prices on recycled content paper, and suggests substitutes when a buyer selects a similar non-sustainable item.
- Implemented used product recycling for toner cartridges, pens, markers, mechanical pencils, and packaging materials.
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