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'Green' class projects help airport reap award

When the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport receives the 2011 Airports Going Green award from the Chicago Department of Aviation Oct. 31 for its sustainable airport master plan, Cornell faculty and students will receive a nod of appreciation.

In spring 2010, two classes undertook class projects to assist in the development of a sustainable master plan for the airport. Students in Environmental Stewardship in the Cornell Community (ALS 4770), taught by Joe Regenstein, professor of food science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a project-based experiential course in community engagement, and Special Topics in Sustainable Design (DEA 4010), taught by Jack Elliott in the College of Human Ecology, worked on a variety of sustainability topics related to the airport. The students gave public presentations on their projects and submitted written reports, all of which became part of the master plan document prepared by the airport's consultant, the C&S Companies.

The award will be presented to Robert Nicholas, airport manager, who will accept it on behalf of the Ithaca airport at the Annual Airports Going Green Conference in Chicago Oct. 31.

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