The Chicago Department of Aviation’s (CDA) Green Concessions Policy is among the first of its kind in the airport industry.
The policy provides concessionaires at O'Hare and Midway Airports with guidance and standards for minimizing waste, enhancing recycling, generating demand for eco-friendly products and providing healthier foods for passengers and employees. All concessionaires must adhere to the Policy’s requirements as listed in the Sustainable Airport Manual© (SAM) Terminal Occupants chapter:
CDA staff offers outreach and training for all concessionaires regarding compliance with the policy. The policy serves as an implementation tool to help achieve the CDA’s waste reduction goal of diverting at least 50 percent of waste from landfills.
O'Hare’s Tortas Frontera restaurant won the “Best Fast Food/Quick Service Restaurant” award at the 2012 Moodie Food & Beverage Conference and landed a first place ranking on GQ Magazine’s list of the 10 Best Airport Restaurants in America.'