Liza Milagro

Sustainability Team

Liza Milagro is the Senior Sustainability Planner for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with 20 years of experience in sustainability, innovation and management. In this role, she is responsible for developing, executing, achieving Zero Waste by 2020 for the world’s busiest airport. She is also over the creation and implementation of the Recycling program which includes educating the 95 million passengers annually, 58,000 employees, all Department of Aviation departments, contractors, vendors, and community as a whole on their role in achieving this coveted goal. Ms. Milagro is the DOA’s subject matter expert in sustainable resource management and provides oversight of ATL’s Sustainable Management Plan with a concentration on materials and waste management from all cross functional DOA departments including concessions, design, and internal as well as external airport operations. She has conducted extensive research on the feasibility of a state of the art full-stream recycling facility located on a 39 acre tract of the airport campus. Green Acres ATL Energy Park is a cutting edge, first of its kind facility that will allow the airport to process their entire waste stream on campus, create ‘Green Jobs’, educate everyone from 1st graders to post-graduate students, and set the standard of excellence for sustainable airport operations globally. Other programs she is responsible for deploying include Recycling Containers in the CPTC, Sustainable Food Court Initiative and Vendor Fair, Airborne Kitchen Grease Recovery, DOA Annual Sustainability Week, the GreeningATL Excellence Awards, Designing the GreeningATL moniker with more to come in the near future. Liza received her MSM-PM from Boston University. With a degree in Project Management and a concentration on Sustainable Program Management, she completed her thesis on Reviving Atlanta through Sustainable Policies and Innovative Strategies, Green Permitting, and Sustainable Urban Redevelopment. The highlights include machining Atlanta one of the top 10 Greenest cities nationally, Green Clean Schools Initiative for Atlanta Public Schools, The Georgia Green Job Corps Architecture, and a Sustainable Permitting Initiative targeting in-town blighted areas along major thoroughfares. With a passion for sustainability and educational equality for urban students, Liza is a volunteer environmental science teacher, develops and maintains school gardens for farm-to-table use, an advocate for education with the integration of innovative sustainable initiatives into the curriculum, and initiated the STEM accreditation program for the Benjamin E. Mays cluster of schools located in Atlanta, Georgia. .