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GBTA Foundation, Project ICARUS announces winners for theSustainability Outstanding Achievement Awards 2014

Awards honor outstanding achievements in furthering business travel and meetings sustainability programs.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and Project ICARUS are proud to announce the winners of the 2nd Annual Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Awards.

The awards recognize travel buyers, suppliers and intermediaries who can demonstrate outstanding leadership, innovation and commitment to delivering best in class sustainability programs, products and services across North America.

“The number of entries again exceeded our expectations and clearly reflects the increase in number of companies building sustainability into their business travel and meetings programs,” said Bernard Harrop, head of sustainability Project ICARUS. “All the entries received were worthy of an award giving the judging panel a tough task in selecting the winners and demonstrating the strides made industry-wide in sustainability.”

The winners are:
Travel Supplier: United Airlines
United Airlines demonstrated a strong commitment from senior management, clear environmental/carbon savings metrics, future targets and comprehensive communications.

Travel Intermediary: BCD Travel
BCD Travel is recognized for their travel survival guide and ‘smart’ videos which help travelers keep an effective balance between the 3 P’s of sustainability (People, Planet and Profit).

Travel Buyer: Intel
Intel showed strong commitment to the environment by developing a company guide to being green that embeds a range of activities into the process of planning and managing a meeting or event and the delivery of a substantial ROI.

Travel Team: Autodesk and The Hertz Corporation
Working together, they increased usage of alternative fuel vehicles, increased overall high MPG vehicle utilization, lowered CO2 emissions, increased usage of Hertz 24/7 EVs and reduced fuel costs.        

The winners were presented with their ICARUS trophy at the GBTA Foundation Annual Gala Dinner & Silent Auction held at the Crowne Plaza, Times Square in New York.

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