News Release
City Services

November 14, 2013

Fly Green Chicago Exhibit Opens at O'Hare International Airport

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is pleased to announce the opening of the Fly Green Chicago exhibit at O’Hare International Airport. It was officially unveiled today at a ribbon cutting event that was part of the sixth annual Airports Going Green conference, sponsored by the CDA and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).

“On behalf of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, we are proud to feature this new permanent exhibit which showcases our industry-leading sustainability initiatives, past, present and future, at O’Hare and Midway International Airports,” said CDA Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino. “The exhibit will help educate O’Hare travelers and employees about the merits of going green by highlighting our efforts at Chicago’s airports to conserve energy, reduce waste, protect natural resources and manage land in a sustainable manner. It also offers a comfortable place at the airport for passengers to relax and recharge their electronic devices in between flights.”

Clear Channel Airports, the world's leading marketer of airport advertising and premier innovator of contemporary displays, conceptualized the Fly Green Chicago educational exhibit. Fabricated from earth-friendly materials, it features a living green wall complete with a recycled water supply that illustrates the CDA’s commitment to sustainability. Additionally, typically-discarded wheat stalks are pressed into the exhibit wall and serve as host, and backdrop, for the airports green initiative history information.

This biophilic design boasts the following notable recycled materials and energy efficient resources, further underscoring the CDA’s commitment to sustainability and Clear Channel’s ability to innovate in the out-of-home space:

  • The benches and base cabinet are constructed of reclaimed walnut salvaged from the Mississippi River flood of 2008.
  • Bench pad upholstery is 60 percent bio-based material of sugar cane - a rapidly renewable resource.
  • New LED light sources reduce power consumption by 55 percent.

The exhibit is located in Terminal 3 in the corridor between Concourse H/K and L. Seating and charging stations are also featured at this public area. The Fly Green Chicago exhibit is a permanent addition to O’Hare and is available for partnership and sponsorships opportunities through Clear Channel Airports.

A similar exhibit will open at Midway International Airport next year.