Seattle-Tacoma strives for sustainability at Passenger Terminal Conference

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Elizabeth Leavitt, director, aviation planning and environmental services at Seattle-Tacoma Airport, who revealed the Washington airport’s new international arrivals facility at last year’s Passenger Terminal Conference, is returning to this year’s event in Cologne, Germany, to share her vision for greater sustainability through improved masterplanning.

Leavitt will explore in her presentation Creating a sustainable masterplan at Seattle Airport how the airport is incorporating sustainability into its operations. The presentation will be co-presented with David Tomber, aviation planning program manager – Port of Seattle/Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

“Seattle Airport is at a crossroads, facing extraordinary growth and the need to create a development vision based on sustainability principles reflecting its corporate culture,” said Leavitt. “My presentation will focus on an innovative approach to integrating sustainability into an airport masterplanning process – the first of its kind in the USA. The approach to integrating sustainability is divided into three steps: what and where the airport builds on limited land area; how the airport builds a recommended alternative for development; and how the airport operates and manages a sustainability management plan.”

Leavitt’s presentation will be a key highlight of the Energy, Environmental Issues & Sustainability session planned for Wednesday, March 16. Further highlights from the session include presentations from Marion Town, director of environment, Vancouver Airport Authority; Marcel van Beek, manager sustainability and innovation, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol; and Kazuyuki Shibuya and Ken Yoshioka, both assistant directors at New Kansai International Airport Company.

Passenger Terminal Conference will take place alongside Passenger Terminal Expo in Cologne, Germany on March 15-17. For more information on the event and to register, please click here.

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