January 24th at 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

63rd Annual SWAAAE Airport Management Short Course

January 22 – 25, 2023

Monterey Plaza Hotel | Monterey, CA


Mobility and the Electrification Imperative 

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 | 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Cypress Ballroom

Speakers: Chad Reese, Environmental Affairs Manager (San Diego County Regional Airport Authority); Catherine Stedman, Director of Communications and Outreach (Central Coast Community Energy); Andrew Swanson, C.A.E., Airport Manager (City of Palo Alto)

Moderator: Jinelle Crosser, ENV SP, LEED AP, Sustainability and Resiliency Project Manager (Gresham Smith)

The growing adoption of electric vehicles and the development of emerging electric aircraft technology represents a major step towards cleaner mobility, with reduced contributions to local air pollution and potentially global climate change. This increase in electrification brings about a new set of challenges for airports related to managing power infrastructure. As airports pursue reductions in their own contributions to climate change, they are also in a position of managing the energy needs of passengers and business partners alike. This combined with challenges related to extreme weather events and energy security reveal that transitioning to a renewable, efficient and resilient energy system is important now more than ever. Within this session, we will discuss this shift and seek to answer the question – How can airports best plan for the transition towards increased electrification, ensuring development of a sustainable energy system? A diverse set of panelists will share their perspectives, including the challenges and successes they’ve encountered.