Airports Going Green Conference

About Airports Going Green

Stay tuned for the dates of the next Airports Going Green Conference!

The Airports Going Green Conference is the industry's leading sustainability forum, bringing together aviation sustainability leaders, experts, and innovators from around the world. Session topics include airport, tenant, and stakeholder collaboration strategies; innovations in renewable energy and alternative fuels; waste and recycling initiatives; emerging technologies; and much more.

The Airports Going Green Conference brings you the latest sustainable perspectives and techniques. This year's event featured an exciting new format with concurrent sessions and a fun, fast-paced exhibit/vendor 'speed dating' session that cycled through presentations according to a specified time limit. Airports Going Green speakers have included national and international airport CEOs and managers and aviation sustainability leaders representing airports in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. More than 400 attendees participated in this year's conference. Be an active participant and take part in this year's opportunity to share your successes or bring home information you could apply at your airport or in your business. The conference also includes an exclusive airfield tour highlighting sustainability achievements at one of the world's busiest airports which is also currently undergoing the largest airport construction project in the U.S.

Airports Going Green is hosted by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).

Chicago Department of Aviation

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) plays a crucial role in the City's objective to advance environmental and economic prosperity for Chicago and the region and has aligned its vision to mutually benefit its airports and Chicago as a whole. The CDA continually seeks to implement aviation industry-leading sustainability initiatives to complement and promote the City of Chicago's commitment to sustainability and to embrace the most environmentally, socially, and economically responsible practices at O'Hare and Midway. Visit to learn more about the CDA and its industry-leading sustainable initiatives.

O'Hare Modernization Program

Embracing City of Chicago’s environmental vision, the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP) developed and implemented environmental and sustainable initiatives that were at the forefront of the aviation industry. OMP’s commitment to sustainability ensures that O'Hare’s continued place as the benchmark for environmental stewardship in design and construction. These initiatives included an industry leading program focused on Sustainable Design. This program is unique in that it applies to all design projects – from the more traditional application of sustainability to occupied buildings, to the many civil projects such as roads, bridges, runways and taxiways, utilities, drainage, and cargo facilities. The OMP sustainability program sets goals, evaluates, rates, and encourages achievements in sustainable design.