Integrating Airport Sustainability and the NEPA Process

 Airports use sustainability initiatives to increase their economic and operational performance, reduce their environmental effects, and enhance their social benefits. Separately, airports also undertake capital development projects, which may require National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. However, to date, sustainability and environmental review efforts have not been well integrated. This is often because many airports may not know how to, or are not able to, take advantage of their sustainability efforts during the NEPA process. For example, when an airport proposes an action, it can consider sustainability initiatives as part of the project to reduce the action’s environmental impact. Additionally, airports often do not consider the NEPA process when developing their sustainability plans and programs. There are a number of strategies that airports can use as part of their sustainability planning that will assist with airport physical planning (master planning) as well as compliance with NEPA, for example incorporating sustainability goals into the process of evaluating development alternatives. The industry’s Sustainable Aviation Guidance Alliance (SAGA) website is also a potential resource. Research is needed to help airports think strategically about how their sustainability plans and initiatives can assist with airport physical planning and aid the NEPA process. The objective of this research is to prepare a guidebook with tools (e.g., checklists, matrices, flowcharts) to help airport practitioners integrate sustainability with the environmental analyses required under NEPA.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $324545
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-69

  • 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:

    VHB Engineering, NC, P.E.

    4000 WestChase Boulevard, Suite 530
    Raleigh, NC  United States  27607
  • Principal Investigators:

    Lurie, Carol

  • Start Date: 20160929
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180928
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180928
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40170

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572150
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-69
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 1 2015 1:30AM