Congratulations, Morgan: Top 40 under 40!

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woman in red dress stands and smilesPlease join me in congratulating Morgan Turner on being named one of Airport Business’s Top 40 Under 40! Each year, Airport Business honors young professionals who really make a difference both in the aviation industry and within their respective communities. Morgan certainly embodies this credo as she works to promote sustainable waste diversion within the aviation industry.

Advancing waste diversion in aviation

Soon after joining Mead & Hunt, Morgan dove (literally and figuratively) into aviation waste management, enhancing our company’s ability to lead recycling, reuse and waste reduction planning for airports. Mead & Hunt needed someone to take on waste planning for existing client’s master planning projects and Morgan stepped forward.  She then took it a step further, working to expand our waste planning services. As a result, she created her own niche that greatly benefits our company and the industry. She is recognized by airports and fellow practitioners alike as one of the foremost national leaders for aviation facility solid waste management. I can personally attest that her energy about trash is contagious. Having followed her through several waste sorts, she made me realize the importance of waste diversion and I certainly look at trash differently since I met her.

Morgan’s consistent leadership, creativity, and passion has allowed her to become one of a select few experts on solid waste management at airports, setting precedents for how solid waste is managed in the aviation industry. To stay on the leading edge, Morgan recently completed her certification to become a TRUE Zero Waste Advisor through Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI). She has become a valuable resource nationwide, driving significant improvements to waste management planning at airports. Her passion for improving recycling practices and waste reduction at airports across the country has brought tangible benefits to numerous airports, our company, and the industry.

Not only does Morgan lead waste diversion planning for our clients, she is also working to advance our company-wide waste diversion commitment as we strive to practice Resilient Responsible Solutions.

Work with a purpose

Morgan is passionate about bettering the world we all share. From food waste to landfill disposal, if an issue negatively impacts a community or environment, Morgan strives to mitigate it. She embodies both professionally and personally Mead & Hunt’s values of doing the right thing and doing what makes sense. Responsible waste management and reducing the amount of waste we generate not only make sense from a business and financial standpoint, they also protect the quality of human life and the environment.

Thank you Morgan for your important contributions to sustainability in aviation. Your work uplifts the communities and clients we serve. I look forward to seeing what you accomplish in the future!


Kate Andrus, AICP

About the Author

Kate Andrus, AICP and LEED Green Associate, is a senior environmental planner and project manager focusing on sustainability and environmental planning. Kate was named in Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine’s “Top 40 under Forty” list. Touting her as “a guardian of environmental awareness,” she was recognized for her leadership in sustainability planning for airports. Even outside of work, Kate has fun with sustainable efforts including investing and partaking in local craft beer (people, planet and profit!), and using her own energy to earn her ski turns on the mountain.

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