GBTA Foundation, Project ICARUS Announces Winners for the Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Awards 2015

Awards Honor Outstanding Achievements in Furthering Business Travel and Meetings Sustainability Programs

Alexandria, VA (May 12, 2015) —The GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), and Project ICARUS are proud to announce the winners of the third annual Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Awards.

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 quality of entries for our third annual awards in North America exceeded our expectations, clearly reflecting the level of importance companies place on building sustainability into business travel and meetings programs,” said Bernard Harrop, head of sustainability Project ICARUS. “All the entries received were worthy of an award giving the judging panel a tough task in selecting the winners and demonstrating the strides made industry-wide in sustainability.”

The winners are:

Travel Supplier: Enterprise Holdings
• Enterprise Holdings demonstrated a clear strategy with their 20/20 vision program, continued renewal of their carbon friendly fleet and customer programs such as rideshare and car share. In addition, they have a carbon offsetting program alongside investment of more than $35 million in renewables research.

Travel Buyer: Barclays PLC North America
• Barclays PLC submitted a comprehensive, well thought through application, with clear CO2 metrics, targets, reductions, defined processes and stakeholder engagement programs. The global advisory board was particularly impressed with their approach to supply chain management.

The winners were presented with their ICARUS trophy at the GBTA Foundation Annual Gala Dinner held yesterday at the New York Hilton Midtown.

For more information visit the Project ICARUS website or contact Bernard Harrop at [email protected].

About Project ICARUS
Project ICARUS, a GBTA Foundation Initiative, is the most widely recognized and respected Corporate Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility program within the global business travel and meeting industry. This is a project led by and targeted primarily at national and international travel buyers/managers and their suppliers/intermediaries, who wish to integrate sustainability into the way they manage, run and supply travel and meetings programs.

CONTACT: Colleen Lerro Gallagher, +1 703-236-1133, [email protected]
Gayle Kansagor, +1 202-295-8775, [email protected]

About the GBTA Foundation
The GBTA Foundation is the education and research foundation of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. Collectively, GBTA’s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its growing network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts with world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media. The Foundation was established in 1997 to support GBTA’s members and the industry as a whole. As the leading education and research foundation in the business travel industry, the GBTA Foundation seeks to fund initiatives to advance the business travel profession. The GBTA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, see and