San Diego International Airport New T1: Sustainability Triple Crown


Friday, October 21 

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The New Terminal 1 Project has integrated sustainability throughout the design, construction, and operations phases. The project is tracking to achieve sustainability awards across ParkSmart, Envision, and LEED. This presentation will focus on the pillars of Water Reuse and Decarbonization initiatives, describing the project elements of each and their evolution from design through operations. Our panelists will discuss how Sustainability frameworks have been leveraged to inform decision making on this landmark project, from design-construction-operation. This presentation will also include discussion on how these strategies could be replicated on other projects.



Brittany Waddell

With over 12 years of experience in large scale civil and utility construction project management, Brittany’s specialized experience includes environmental compliance management, environmental planning and permitting, restoration, terrestrial ecology, sensitive species monitoring, Storm Water Prevention Plan (SWPPP) compliance and inspections and water quality monitoring.  She has managed all aspects of environmental compliance on alternative delivery projects, including 3 Design-Build and 2 CMGC projects in the last 6 years. As part of these projects, she navigates complex regulatory and contractual frameworks and systems for the benefit of improved environmental outcomes and project objectives.




Cara Nager

Cara Nager is an Environmental Affairs Manager for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority at San Diego International Airport. She is currently responsible for environmental regulatory compliance at the airport and manages issues related to storm water quality, site assessment and remediation, asbestos and lead, soil management, and hazardous materials. She is also involved in the oversight of the Airport Authority's biodiversity program including endangered species and integrated pest management. Cara currently leads the Airport Authority's Water Stewardship Plan, which emphasizes initiatives to conserve water resources and improve water quality.




Chad Reese

Chad Reese is an Environmental Affairs Manager at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the agency that manages the day-to-day operations of San Diego International Airport (SAN). He has a history in cleantech project management, and currently manages projects and policy related to the Airport Authority’s Sustainability Management Program including air quality and emissions, transportation electrification, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and waste reduction. He is also involved in the management of The Good Traveler, a carbon offset program developed and owned by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. Chad is a LEED Green Associate and TRUE Advisor.




Courtney Eaton

Ms. Eaton has bachelors and masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. She has over 20 years of experience in planning and design of wastewater and recycled water treatment and conveyances systems. She has a particular interest in incorporating sustainable practices into those systems and as such, is certified in the Envision Sustainable Rating system for infrastructure projects. In recent years, she has been involved in a number of planning and design projects where she has used the Envision system to help utilities further the sustainability of their systems, including the San Diego Airport Authority on this Terminal 1 Replacement Project.




Kristen Salinas

Kristen Salinas has 14 years of experience providing guidance and recommendations on how to integrate sustainable design into new buildings. Using green and healthy building rating systems, Kristen seeks high levels of certification for complex buildings, campuses, and civil projects. Her background in civil engineering provides a comprehensive understanding of site planning, water and wastewater systems, and habitat conservation. Additionally, Kristen has worked extensively with utilities in Southern California supporting Title 24, Part 6 (energy code) compliance improvement programs. She is also involved in providing education and outreach support for locally adopted reach codes, with the goal to further reduce energy use in buildings across California. 


Kristen is proud to have worked on several projects at San Diego Airport, including the Greenbuild, which achieved LEED Platinum, the Federal Inspection Station (FIS) for International Arrivals, and now, the new Terminal 1.  


October 21, 2022 at 2:45pm - 3:45pm

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