Airport Sustainability Practices: Tools for Evaluating, Measuring, and Implementing

Airport sustainability encompasses a wide variety of practices that ensure protection of the environment, including conservation of natural resources; social progress that recognizes the needs of all stakeholders; and maintenance of high and stable levels of economic growth and employment. Many airports have begun to incorporate sustainability practices into their planning, construction, and daily operations because of their tangible benefits to them and their community or to respond to regulation and policy. Many airports, however, have also found barriers to implementing sustainability practices, including limited resources, lack of sustainability evaluation tools, staffing challenges, and lack of understanding and/or awareness. While there have been many efforts to define sustainability and to identify airport sustainability practices, there is no broad, industry-adopted approach to evaluate and select best practices, nor is there a rating system to gauge airport sustainability performance. Research is needed to develop a tool to help airports evaluate and select sustainability best practices, develop a rating system to gauge airport sustainability performance, and to assess the viability of industry-wide adoption of a rating system and voluntary certification program. The objectives of this research are to (a) develop a decision tool for airports to identify, evaluate, prioritize, and select sustainability practices; (b) develop a prototype sustainability rating system to help airports and their stakeholders gauge sustainability performance; and (c) evaluate the viability of implementing the rating system and an associated voluntary airport sustainability certification program.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $599874.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-28

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

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

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Incorporated

    P.O. Box 9151, 101 Walnut Street
    Watertown, MA  United States  02471-9151
  • Principal Investigators:

    Lurie, Carol

  • Start Date: 20110627
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20141231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 28539

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01546045
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-28
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Dec 2 2014 1:01AM