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Nashville Airport Receives 2017 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport (MNAA) was named one of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) 2017 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award winners in the Pursuit of Excellence category for its ongoing commitment to sustainability. The award was presented at a recent luncheon with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau.

MNAA was recognized in part for its natural gas fleet program that has converted the entire shuttle fleet to be powered by CNG. MNAA also recently opened a new CNG fueling station at Nashville International Airport (BNA) to support the fleet.

“This recognition from TDEC underscores our organization-wide commitment to sustainability and the benefits that flow from that approach.” said Rob Wigington, MNAA president and CEO. “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.”

In 2017, MNAA introduced a new fleet of 28 environmentally friendly parking shuttle buses at BNA. The new buses, which transport travelers between the parking lots at BNA and the terminal, are fueled by clean-burning compressed natural gas. 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.