ORLANDO, FL — On any given day, Orlando International Airport (MCO) can welcome more than 100,000 travelers. Such a diverse audience presents an excellent opportunity for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) to share important ecological information. GOAA will host its third annual Earth Day celebration from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016. The event will be held in the Hyatt Atrium on the 3rd level of the Main Terminal, adjacent to the security checkpoint for gates 70-129.
Earth Day 2016 is free and open to the public, travelers and airport employees. Approximately 50 vendors will participate, including The City of Orlando Green Works, Orange County Solid Waste Department and Orlando Utilities Commission. Recognizing Earth Day demonstrates the Aviation Authority’s commitment to sustainability and green initiatives that benefit the Central Florida community.
Friday’s event will feature games, Earth Day trivia hosted by Curtis Earth and educational exhibits from MCO business partners, highlighting their corporate sustainability programs, achievement of environmental initiatives, charitable activities, and/or environmentally-friendly products that they use or market.
Orlando International Airport has a long history of managing its operations in an environmentally responsible manner. The airport has a wide range of sustainability initiatives in support of its Sustainability Management Plan, including:
- Green Team – Over 100 volunteer members from the airport community focus on outreach and reducing solid waste through waste audits and education.
- Sustainable Purchasing – The Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Pledge encourages all airport departments, vendors and service partners to incorporate environmental considerations into their purchasing practices.
- Water Conservation – GOAA aims to reduce its water usage by 10% by 2018. Since 2010, GOAA has reduced its water usage by 8%.
- Energy Efficiency – GOAA aims to reduce its Energy Use Intensity (EUI) by 10% by 2018. Since 2010, GOAA has reduced its EUI by 5.5%.
- Recycling – The airport has co-mingled recycling containers throughout the terminal and large front-end containers on the airfield. In 2014, MCO diverted over 1,800 tons of waste from the landfill.
Basic MCO information:
With an overall total of 38.8 million annual passengers, MCO is the second busiest airport in Florida and 14th busiest in the U.S. The airport has 18,000 employees and generates $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy. Orlando International Airport strives to value and delight its customers through an airport-wide focus and design concept known as The Orlando Experience®.