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Toronto (March 29, 2017)
– Earlier today at the Airports Council International (ACI-NA) 2017 Airports@Work Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, it was announced that Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has won the Environmental Achievement Award for Best Noise Mitigation Program
The ACI-NA Environmental Achievement Awards were established in 1997 to recognize airports that strive to protect and preserve the environment through their programs, initiatives and projects. ACI-NA annually awards up to four awards recognizing outstanding achievement in the categories of Environmental Management, Environmental Mitigation, Outreach, Education and Community Involvement, and Innovative/Special Projects. The winning airports must demonstrate the environmental benefit of their project and its innovative approach, effective implementation, applicability and cost-effectiveness.
"For many years, North American airports have undertaken important work to enhance their communities through innovative approaches to sustainable business practices,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “North American airports recognize that continued sustainability leads to economic vitality and operational efficiency while minimizing their environmental footprint. The 2017 ACI-NA Environmental Achievement Award winners including Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport are industry leaders when it comes to protecting the environment while serving their passengers and communities.”
“Operating an airport that is part of a thriving, mixed-use urban waterfront requires the right balance to ensure that operations are conducted in a sustainable manner and that measures are in place to mitigate the impacts associated with running a successful airport, such as noise generated by aircraft and ground operations,” said Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. “From the creation of new infrastructure to working together with the community and our airport partners on the implementation of policies, the noise mitigation program at Billy Bishop Airport is at the heart of everything we do. We are proud to receive this award from Airports Council International (ACI-NA) as it represents years of hard work and dedication to our community relations and environmental strategy.”
The ACI-NA Environmental award marks the sixth award received by Billy Bishop Airport this month. In March 2017, the airport was named one of North America’s top regional airports by Skytrax World Airport Awards and one of the best airports globally in the under 5 million category. The airport was also named Best Airport in North America in two categories and tied for second globally in the Airports Council International 2016 Airport Service Quality Awards. In 2016, the airport was named as having one of the Top Ten Most Beautiful Airport Approaches in the world by Private Fly and was ranked fourth Best International Airport by Condé Nast Traveler in October 2016.
for more information on the 2017 Airports Council International (ACI-NA) Environmental Achievement Awards.
About the ACI-NA Environmental Achievement Awards
Since 1997, ACI-NA has granted Environmental Achievement Awards to recognize its airport members that strive to protect and preserve the environment through their programs, initiatives and projects. Established by the ACI-NA Environmental Affairs Committee, the annual Awards acknowledge the hard work and achievements of ACI-NA members by promoting awareness more broadly within the airport community, the general public and regulators of the many notable and innovative efforts being undertaken by environmental professionals at airports.
About Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (https://www.portstoronto.com/airport.aspx)
Billy Bishop Airport is Canada's ninth-busiest airport and welcomed 2.7 million business and leisure travellers in 2016. The airport is also Canada’s sixth-busiest airport with passenger service into the United States. Offering service to more than 20 cities in Canada and the U.S., with connection opportunities to more than 80 international destinations via our airlines’ networks, Billy Bishop Airport is an important international gateway and a key driver to Toronto’s economy, accounting for more than $2.1 billion in economic output each year and supporting 6,500 jobs, including 1,960 directly associated with the airport operations.
About PortsToronto (http://www.portstoronto.com/)
For more than 100 years PortsToronto has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomed more than 2.7 million passengers in 2016; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada's largest freshwater marinas; and, Terminals 51 and 52, which provide transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $9 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto's waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government.
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