Outstanding Achievement Awards Program 

Project ICARUS Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Awards Program


Project ICARUS announces 2014 EUROPEAN Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Awards

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES:  13th October 2014

Project ICARUS is looking to recognize European companies and industry professionals who can demonstrate leadership, innovation, creativity and a serious commitment to developing sustainable programs, products or services in any one of the nominated categories.


They must also be unique, ground breaking, transformational or just simply outstanding!


Awards are split into the following four categories:
Travel Supplier – including air, rail, hotel, ground providers etc..
Travel Intermediary - including technology partners, TMCs, Card providers, GDSs etc..
Travel Buyer – business travel and meetings buyers
Professional – individual industry professional person or team


Entries will be accepted either by direct submission to Bernard Harrop, Head of Sustainability, Project ICARUS bharrop@gbtafoundation.org  or by invitation from the GBTA Project ICARUS, European Sustainability Committee


For more information go to:
ICARUS Sustainability Awards Criteria 2014 EUROPE




North America

May 2014: Project ICARUS Announces Winners of the North American Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Awards 2014






From left to right:: Joseph Bates, Vice President, Research, GBTA Foundation,

- Joy Lehman, Global Sustainability Manager, The Hertz Corporation 

- Mihar Thakkar Director Environmental Responsibility, United Airlines

- Kathy Jackson, Executive Vice President of Global Client Management, BCD Travel

- Mark Papale, Travel Operations and Travel Technology, Autodesk, Inc.

- Bernard Harrop, Head of Sustainability, Project ICARUS, GBTA Foundation

Project ICARUS is proud to announce the winners of the 2nd Annual North American Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Awards which were presented at the GBTA Foundation, Annual Gala Dinner & Silent Auction held on Monday, May 13th 2014 at the Crowne Plaza, Times Square in New York.

The awards recognize travel buyers, suppliers and intermediaries who can demonstrate outstanding leadership, innovation and commitment to delivering best in class sustainability programs, products and services across North America.

“The number of entries again exceeded our expectations and clearly reflects an increase in the number of companies building sustainability into their business travel and meetings programs.

All entries were of a high standard and the judging panel had a tough task in selecting the finalists and winners. All entries would be “worthy winners of an award”, said Bernard Harrop, head of sustainability Project ICARUS.



The winners are:

Travel Supplier: United Airlines

  • United Airlines demonstrated a strong commitment from senior management, clear environmental/carbon savings metrics, future targets and comprehensive communications

Travel Intermediary: BCD Travel

  • BCD Travel is recognized for their travel survival guide and 'smart' videos which help travelers maintain an effective balance between the 3 P's of sustainability (People, Planet and Profit).

Travel Buyer: Intel

  • Intel showed strong commitment to the environment by developing a company guide to being green that embeds a range of activities into the process of planning and managing a meeting or event and the delivery of a substantial ROI.

Travel Team: Autodesk and The Hertz Corporation

  • Working together, they increased usage of alternative fuel vehicles, increased overall high MPG vehicle utilization, lowered CO2  emissions, increased usage of Hertz 24/7 EVs and reduced fuel costs.


Congratulations to our Finalists:

Travel Buyer:

Wyndham Hotels

  • The ‘green supplier initiative’ and the “Travel Smarter” options for business travel have proven to be effective in helping achieve environmental goals and delivered a significant ROI


Travel Suppliers:

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG)

  • The 'Green Engage' group wide environmental system enables the management, measurement and reporting of the environmental impact on hotels

Enterprise Holdings

  • Last year’s winner continues to display a strong ongoing commitment to sustainability in everything they do

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

  • 'Make a Green Choice' - MAGC - guestroom sustainability environmental impact reduction program makes conserving water, energy and other resources rewarding for customers and great for the environment




September 2013: Project ICARUS Announces winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award Winners for 2013 in Europe and Australia/NewZealand




Europe Winners


In the picture from left to right: Bernard Harrop, Head of Sustainability, Project ICARUS; Winner: Travel Supplier Transportation British Airways, Winner: Travel Supplier Intermediaries Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Winner: Travel Supplier: Hotels  NH Hoteles, Catherine McGavock, Director, Operations – Europe, GBTA Europe



Australia / New Zealand



James Quinlan, General Manager Marketing & Service Delivery, Sabre Pacific




Thank you to our
2014 ICARUS Row Sponsors

BCD Travel

Enterprise CarShare

United Airlines Eco-Skies

Avis Budget Group

NH Hotel Group

KIMPTON Hotels & Restaurants


Starwood / Clean the World

Symantec/Green Hotels Global