Clear Skies Ahead

Most of us do what we can to minimize our impact on the environment and it’s inspiring to learn what others are doing to go green.

That’s why Vancouver Airport Authority launched its annual Clear Skies Awards three years ago. With hundreds of businesses and thousands of employees making up the YVR community, the Airport Authority wanted to give its partners a chance to share their inspirational ideas and stories.

The Clear Skies Awards were introduced as part of Environment Week at YVR, held each year in the first week of June, to bring the airport community together to celebrate and promote environmental sustainability.

This year’s winner is Harbour Air. The seaplane operator’s commitment to improving its environmental performance is impressive; some of its achievements include:

  • Becoming the first airline in North America to achieve carbon neutrality for in-flight services and corporate operations, funding projects in British Columbia;
  • Operating a ticketless airline system and continually improving initiatives to reduce the water and carbon footprint across all aspects of operations; and
  • Participating in educational events such as Bike to Work Week and Earth Day.

Eight other companies were nominated for the Clear Skies Award, each demonstrating outstanding initiatives and a true commitment to the environment:

  • Air Canada
  • Air Transat
  • Alaska Air
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel
  • Gate Gourmet
  • Landmark
  • PLH Aviation Services
Learn about some of the airport’s other green initiatives on, or find out about the Airport Authority’s environmental goals and performance in the Environment section of the 2011 Annual and Sustainability Report, also available online.



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