Environment takes center stage

 - December 20, 2007, 5:34 AM

One of the primary roles of the newly formed National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Environmental Committee will be to “police” the growing number of carbon offset vendors and create a list of legitimate vendors for NATA members, according to association president James Coyne. The committee, led by DayJet vice president of strategic operations Traver Gruen-Kennedy, includes representatives from 15 member organizations and will hold its first meeting January 28 in Savannah, Ga.

Committee members will speak to a number of environmentalists and industry experts before drafting the list, which will be available to members by the end of the month, Coyne said. In addition to creating the list, the committee intends to review various environmental issues and develop the association’s position on “a wide array of environmental concerns.” The issues include: spill prevention and containment, changes to The Clean Water Act as they affect aviation businesses, and concerns about the over use and environmental impact of de-icing fluid.