Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge and Environmental Health/Safety Manager Joletta Golik accept Lambert's Circle of Excellence Award for the 2012 St. Louis Green Businss Challenge. 

(St. Louis) Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was awarded a Circle of Excellence Award of Merit in the 2012 St. Louis RCGA Green Business Challenge which promotes sustainability strategies in the region.  Lambert was a first year participant and one of a few organizations honored with the greatest gain in new sustainable practices or strategies over the duration of the six month competition. The Green Business Challenge was sponsored by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association.

Lambert pursued an aggressive campaign to set new standards for its sustainability program with goals and guidance set out by the competition as well as its own unique programs.

Highlights include:

·         Created a “Green Team” to guide Airport-wide audit and implement 11 new sustainability practices
·         Implemented pilot programs for food waste composting and green cleaning services
·         Increased energy efficiency with installation of 200 occupancy sensors, LED lighting and new HVAC systems
·         Improved waste generation reduction and recycling policies
·         Increased water conservation by installing low flow sanitary system

The Airport also continued to achieve in areas of sustainability leadership:

·         Expanded fleet of alternative fuels vehicles with more than half operating on compressed natural gas or bio-fuels
·         Opened second free waiting zone/cell phone lot for public to reduce traffic congestion and vehicle carbon emissions
·         Installed five electric vehicle charging stations for public at Airport parking lot
·         Increased construction waste recycling requirement for all projects

As the primary commercial service Airport for the St. Louis region, Lambert operates more than 1.4 million sq. feet of building space through its terminals, concourses, offices and other airfield support buildings. Lambert, owned and operated by the City of St. Louis, manages approximately 180 tenants. Lambert served nearly 13 million passengers in 2011 and is the 31st busiest airport in the United States as ranked by the Airports Council International. (Pictured right: Joletta Golik and Jonathan Matheny, Airport Environmental Project Manager.)