USF, Tampa International Airport and Local Company Partnered to Enhance TIA's Sustainability Program

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A local Tampa company, Ecliptic Consulting Group, recently launched a Sustainability Practice and their first major project couldn't have been more high flying.

No pun intended, but this could and should really take off!

A local Tampa company, Ecliptic Consulting Group, recently launched a Sustainability Practice and their first major project couldn’t have been more high flying. That’s because they collaborated with the University of South Florida and Tampa International Airport to enhance the airports Sustainability Program.

Mike Rega, a graduate of the Master’s of Science in Management program at USF and partner at Ecliptic Consulting Group, spearheaded the effort on behalf of USF. The team included another former USF student, and Ecliptic’s Sustainability practice area lead, Anne-Marie Lenton as well as Professor Sharon Hanna-West from USF and TIA/HMSHost’s Tim Juul and Perry Kranias. Together they developed creative solutions to the airports sustainability challenges including a detailed waste audit allowing them to design a more far reaching Sustainability Program. The program not only enhanced TIA’s existing recycling program but improved environmental and sustainable efficiencies across the board.
The endeavor itself is indicative of sustainability principles. “Sustainability is all about People, Planet and Profits. We have tremendous resources locally and we can all benefit,” said Rega. “Here we see TIA reaching out to local firms and tapping into the invaluable talent pool at USF. This complements USF’s efforts to become a leading “green” institution and community partner.” For TIA it is a smart business decision since the program improved efficiencies and production at their facility. “TIA is a major employee and business operator in Tampa and we are thrilled to be taking a lead on proactively adopting sustainable practices. With our partnership with USF and Ecliptic it’s a win for everyone.” Kranias said.

Clearly, since TIA is highly visible its sustainability efforts will serve as a role model for other businesses to follow. “No pun intended, but this could and should really take off!” Rega concluded.

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