Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Problems. Topic S02-11. Lessons Learned from Airport Sustainable Plans

In 2008, the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) published ACRP Synthesis 10, Airport Sustainability Practices. This synthesis study documented a range of sustainability practices implemented by airports, along with survey results documenting the main incentives and barriers to implementation. Several new developments in the airport sustainability realm have occurred since publication of ACRP Synthesis 10. Examples include further refinement of the Sustainable Aviation Guidance Alliance (SAGA) database of airport sustainability practices, ACRP projects on topics such as renewable energy and sustainable construction practices, comprehensive airport sustainability plans funded by individual airports, municipal authorities, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and availability of sustainability rating systems and reporting initiatives. The objective of many of these initiatives is to conduct comprehensive reviews of airport planning, design, operations, and maintenance in order to identify the sustainability practices that could have the greatest beneficial impact. Though the initiatives are noteworthy and are moving airports towards embracing sustainability as a core planning and operational concept, (1) there is a lack of information on how airports define sustainability and how they are managing programs long-term; (2) there is little data on whether airports are successfully implementing commitments outlined in sustainability plans; (3) more information is needed on barriers and aids to implementation; and (4) it is unclear whether comprehensive airport sustainability plans are more beneficial than implementing projects on an ad-hoc basis. The objective of this research is to provide information that addresses these problems to meet the needs of airport leadership and employees considering, developing or implementing sustainability plans. The scope of this research includes: (1) Review of existing airport sustainability planning documents, with an emphasis on non-hub commercial service and GA airports, to describe definitions of sustainability, initiatives included, major focus areas, and scope of the planning documents. (2) Interviews that examine delivery on commitments outlined in the plans, long-term program management, barriers and aids to implementation, and whether comprehensive airport sustainability plans are more beneficial than implementing projects on an ad-hoc basis. Interview results will be presented as case examples and lessons learned in summary format. (3) Identify whether there are costs or benefits realized from the existence (or absence) of an airport sustainability plan.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Performing Organizations:

    A Ripple Effect, PLC

  • Principal Investigators:

    Martin-Nagle, Renee

  • Start Date: 20140529
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37653

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  • Accession Number: 01543513
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 17 2014 1:00AM