Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport sustainable master plan wins national Airports Going Green Award

The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport received the 2011 Airports Going Green award for the airport’s sustainable master plan project. This prestigious award recognizes the value of this project and outstanding leadership in pursuit of sustainability within the aviation industry. The award was presented by Chicago O’Hare International Airport Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino at the 4th annual Airports Going Green Conference on October 31 in Chicago.

Announcing the award, Chicago’s Deputy Commissioner of Aviation for Sustainability, Amy Malick, noted that the award recognizes the value of the project as an important and ground-breaking project, as well as the airport’s “outstanding leadership in pursuit of sustainability within the aviation industry.”

“I am delighted to receive this award and happy to play a part in the sustainable master plan initiative,” says Airport Manager Bob Nicholas. “As the first of its kind, I believe it deserves this kind of recognition, particularly since it has led to a pilot program involving many other airports, and is likely to be the way airport master plans are done from this point on. Charlie McDermott of C&S Companies, the airport’s Syracuse-based consultants, should be singled out for his inspired insight in seeing the possibilities.”

“We’re thrilled that Bob Nicholas is receiving this award,” says Carol Chock, Chair of the County’s Facilities and Infrastructure Committee. “This Plan is consistent with Tompkins County’s efforts to maintain green and sustainable standards in all our operations, and through principles of the County’s Comprehensive Plan. Bob’s work shows it is possible to achieve sustainability-and that those efforts help, not hinder, the ability of local government to run efficiently and in a fiscally sustainable manner.”