At this time of year, there’s a more pointed focus on community, both generally and here at YVR. I’m proud to say that YVR was this year’s recipient of the Airports Council International-North America award for Environmental Achievement for our partnership with Quest Food Exchange. An idea that originated with the Airport Authority’s own Green Team, it has grown into a strong relationship that is engaging both our own Authority employees and businesses throughout the airport community.
As the official Transportation Sponsor, YVR helps Quest collect and distribute donated items and overstock or near-expiry products that would otherwise go to waste and diverts that food from landfills to people who need it. It was a great fit for YVR as we have over 160 restaurants, shops and services within our terminals and feed thousands of people every day here. The Fairmont Airport Hotel, Hudson Group, HMS Host and Paradies Shops have also stepped up to the plate to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of food and products to Quest.
Another major community initiative that is taking shape right now is the Ground Run-up Enclosure located at Airport South. The significant three-sided structure will reduce noise for our neighbours in Richmond when propeller aircraft conduct engine run-ups after maintenance. We’ve also constructed a viewing platform for the public so that they can watch the giant Lego-like pieces being stacked on top of each other; and they can do some plane-spotting at the same time.
As we enter fall, we are also in the final count-down of the 80 days spent by our resident storyteller, Jaeger Mah, at YVR. His last day will be November 4, and we’d like to thank him for getting behind the scenes and focusing on the people and businesses that make up our YVR community.