Last week, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) recognized companies and individuals for leading the way when it comes to sustainable practices at the world’s busiest airport. The awards program, called the GreeningATL Excellence Awards, recognizes the pivotal role that “eco-leadership” plays in its overall sustainability mission and the daunting challenge that stakeholders have in satisfying customers and generating revenue while simultaneously minimizing the environmental impact.
Delaware North, which operates an array of food and beverage outlets at ATL, was given the Footprint and Community Impact award, which acknowledges the social side of sustainability by recognizing a company that has worked in its local community to pursue environmental improvements.
Additionally, Tung Tran, a department manager for Delaware North at ATL and one of the location’s GreenPath champions, was named the GreeningATL Eco-Employee of the Year for his efforts. The award is given to an individual who best embodies the spirit of sustainability by incorporating such practices into his or her daily activities. The Eco-Employee of the Year is also someone who has initiated or contributed to projects that increase recycling, boost energy efficiency, reduce purchasing or educate other team members about sustainability and the environment.
How did you become involved in your location’s GreenPath program? I was asked by our GM, Bob Filip, to work with our assistant GM, Scott Knight, to form the GreenPath committee here in Atlanta.
Prior to your current role, do you have any background in environmental management? I do not have a background in environmental management. However, environmental sustainability has always been something that is personally important to me. My household has recycled and composted for years.
What GreenPath accomplishment are you most proud of? I am proud of the awareness that we have brought to these environmental issues and how we can show that environmental sustainability and corporate interests do not have to be mutually exclusive.
Do you have any simple tips that other locations and associates could adapt to become more GreenPath-friendly? Every location has a different set of challenges when it comes to implementing a sustainability program. The biggest impact that you can have is to raise awareness among your associates. We have great associates here at Delaware North; be sure to utilize this resource when addressing your sustainability challenges. Remember to look for ways reduce your own personal environmental footprint, and take the opportunity to get involved with environmental organizations in your own communities.
Published: April 27, 2017