Clay Lacy certified to NATA’s new Sustainability Standard for Aviation Businesses
Clay Lacy Aviation is the first company certified to the National Air Transportation Association’s Sustainability Standard for Aviation Businesses. NATA’s new sustainability initiative was created to encourage FBOs, airports, and other aviation businesses to pursue flexible, cost-effective options to lower their carbon footprint. Developed by a working group under NATA’s Environment Committee, this industry standard is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as CO2, increase use of more environmentally friendly energy sources, reduce waste, and encourage sustainability operation-wide.
“NATA provides members of the business aviation community with practical tools to operate safely, improve service, and foster organization-wide sustainable practices,” said Tim Obitts, NATA president and CEO. “Clay Lacy Aviation’s innovative sustainability initiatives are a great example for the industry, and we congratulate them for being the first business aviation company to quality for certification.”
Scott Cutshall, Clay Lacy’s senior vice president of development and sustainability, said, “A lot of time and energy has been invested by NATA staff and their Environmental Committee to develop this standard and the tools that will help aviation businesses incorporate more sustainable practices. This certification is an important next step in our journey toward sustainable operations.”
Clay Lacy is executing a long-term strategic plan to operate more sustainably, on the ground and in the air. The company works with fuel suppliers and aviation industry associations to foster the development and use of sustainable aviation fuel, and facilitates carbon-offset programs for FBO customers and business jet aircraft owners. Clay Lacy has also completed installation of a 500-kilowatt solar array at its headquarters, and is preparing to break ground on two new FBOs at Oxford-Waterbury Airport (OXC) and John Wayne Airport (SNA) that will incorporate a host of sustainable construction and operational practices to reduce the environmental impact of those facilities.