As a partner with the community, Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA) is committed to the principles of sustainable development. Our objective is to minimize impacts on the environment from daily operations and development through continuous improvement of environmental performance in a manner consistent with WAA’s overall missions and goals.
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Winnipeg Richardson International Airport – LEED Silver
The Winnipeg Richardson International Airport Terminal Building achieved LEED Silver in early 2015. The building was designed as a series of transparent luminous pavilions to take advantage of Manitoba’s prairie landscape and sky.
Air Terminal Buildings are unique facilities due to the nature of air travel, security restrictions and the special circumstances under which travelers use an airport. As such, planning and sustainable design considerations were complex.
Many sustainable strategies were incorporated into the design to reduce the terminal’s environmental impact, including a high-performance building envelope, displacement ventilation, radiant floor system, heat recovery systems, high-efficiency lighting and mechanical systems.
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Winnipeg Airports Authority – Fair Trade Workplace Designation
Winnipeg Airports Authority has been recognized with the Fair Trade Workplace Designation. Awarded by Fairtrade Canada, this is only the second such recognition for a corporation in Canada.
Fair Trade designated products help give disadvantaged farmers and workers a better deal from trade, which power to improve their economic well-being and create better lives for themselves and their communities.
The Fair Trade Workplace Program recognizes offices that demonstrate strong commitment to fair trade by making products available to their staff and visitors. The workplace designation encourages co-workers to be mindful of the true value of labour and the human costs of production. As part of the program WAA provides its employees access to fair trade products in their lunchrooms, and continues to look for additional opportunities to include Fair Trade options in its purchasing processes.
Winnipeg Richardson International Airport – Airport Carbon Accreditation
Winnipeg Richardson International Airport has achieved Level One Mapping certification under the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program. Introduced by Airports Council International, the accreditation is an institutionally-endorsed, global carbon management certification program for airports. It independently assesses and recognizes the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions through four levels of certification: ‘Mapping’, ‘Reduction’, ‘Optimization’ and ‘Neutrality’.
In order to achieve Level One Mapping certification, WAA completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for year 2014 operations. The scope of the inventory included all emission sources where WAA has direct ownership and control, including emissions from fuel, electricity and natural gas consumed in its generators, boilers, chillers, fleet vehicles and buildings.
WAA is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and has undertaken several emissions reduction initiatives, including the installation of a charging station to support a fully electric public transit bus and the construction of a LEED Silver certified terminal building which includes features such as radiant heating and cooling systems, heat recovery systems and electric-powered passenger boarding bridges.
WAA Airport Advisory Committee on Environment
The WAA Airport Advisory Committee on Environment meets regularly throughout the year to discuss environmental issues related to airport operations. It is comprised of community representatives and technical advisors. The Committee was originally established in 1989 as the Airport Advisory Committee on Aircraft Noise. In 1999, WAA expanded the scope of the committee to include environmental issues. The purpose of the committee is to provide a direct consultation link between with airport and the community on environmental issues.
Potential Committee members are recommended by local Federal, Provincial and Municipal representatives from the neighbourhoods adjacent to the airport. Technical advisors from NAV CANADA, Transport Canada, Department of National Defence (17 Wing), Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation and WAA also attend. The committee is co-chaired by a community member and a representative from WAA. The committee is a sub-committee of the WAA Community Consultative Committee.
Community Commitment to Sustainable Development
WAA has embraced the principles of sustainability, where their everyday business decisions and processes aim to be planet conscious and socially responsible. Simply put, sustainability for WAA is about doing the right thing for their company, the environment and the community they serve.
We strive to achieve environmentally responsible airport operations and development, going beyond the requirements of applicable laws and regulations. The intent is to integrate environmental protection into all stages of airport operations and extend environmental awareness and responsibility to employees, tenants and service providers. This entails avoiding environmental impacts by taking a proactive approach and integrating environmental considerations into the decision-making framework.
To achieve this mandate, we have established a dedicated department to monitor our environmental performance and pursue sustainable practices throughout the organization and the airport community at large.
Sustainable Management Practices
In many ways an airport is like a city, with a diverse range of activities and operators to service public and private air transportation needs. The diversity and scope of activities have the potential to impact the environment if not managed properly.
WAA has initiated sustainable management practices through its Environmental Management System - a series of integrated programs designed to incorporate environmental management into day to day activities and long-term planning.
Avoid, Recycle, Reduce and Reuse
Part of WAA’s approach to environmental management includes taking a proactive role in waste management. A comprehensive waste management program was established to divert several types of materials from the landfill, including but not limited to: paper, glass, cardboard, aluminum, tin, plastics, electronic waste, writing instruments, old supplies and furnishings, construction and demolition waste, and batteries.
In 2011, WAA partnered with the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) on the Recycle Everywhere Program. The Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) is a not-for-profit organization working in conjunction with Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM) to meet the government established beverage container recycling target. Manitoba’s goal is to reach a 75% rate of recovery on all beverage containers purchased by Manitobans. The goal of our partnership is to increase the amount of beverage containers recycled from a variety of places within the airport including lobbies, cafeterias, common areas, departures and arrivals areas, and all other public spaces.
In 2012, WAA began to participate in the Call 2 Recycle program, aimed at recycling batteries and cell phones. The Call2Recycle program is operated by the non-profit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation and is funded by product manufacturers committed to environmentally–sound recycling of their products batteries. After collection, the metals comprising the batteries are reused and cell phones are recycled, refurbished or resold.
WAA's Environmental Management System
WAA has moved beyond the static environmental plan approach implemented in the mid-1990s towards a fully integrated management system. The system approach integrates environmental thinking throughout the organization so that environmental considerations are factored not only into how daily activities are conducted, but also into long-term plans.
WAA has developed environmental management programs, procedures and policies pertinent to airport operations and planning. These include:
- Environmental Assessment Protocol
- Environmental Specifications for Airport Construction Projects
- Emissions Reduction Implementation Plan
- Water Quality Management Program (includes surface and groundwater)
- Aeronautical Noise Management Program
- Aircraft Deicing/Anti-icing Policies
- Hazardous Materials Management Program
- Sediment and Erosion Management
- Invasive Species Management Program
- Recycling and E-waste Program
- Wildlife Management Plan
- Impacted Sites Management
- Spill Prevention and Emergency Response Plan
- Environmental Awareness and Communications
- Environmental Auditing
WAA’s EMS is consistent with ISO 14001 standards.