Earlier this year, Metropolitan Nashville Airport (MNAA) introduced a new fleet of 28 environmentally friendly parking shuttle buses at Nashville International Airport (BNA). The decision to adopt a cleaner domestic fuel, together with the authority’s geothermal plate cooling system, has earned it a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) 2017 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award in the Pursuit of Excellence category, for its ongoing commitment to sustainability.
MNAA also recently opened a new CNG fueling station at Nashville International Airport (BNA) to support the fleet.
“We are truly honored to receive our second Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award,” said Rob Wigington, MNAA president and CEO. “This recognition from TDEC underscores our organization-wide commitment to sustainability and the benefits that flow from that approach. We are proud of everyone throughout the MNAA team who creates and implements our array of sustainability initiatives and appreciate the value not just to our airports, but across the region and the environment in which we live.”
The Pursuit of Excellence category recognizes past award winners who continue to demonstrate a high regard for environmental stewardship practices. MNAA previously won the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015 for its overall sustainable performance.
The new shuttle buses, which transport travelers between the parking lots at BNA and the terminal, are fueled by clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG). The conversion from diesel fuel to cleaner burning CNG across the airport’s shuttle bus fleet is anticipated to reduce the bus fleet’s greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 14 percent. MNAA is currently in the process of transitioning other company vehicles to CNG-fueled as well.
(Source: Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority)