Environmental Stewardship and Compliance Training for Airport Employees

Environmental stewardship and compliance can be complex for airports. Compliance and achievement of sustainability goals are organization-wide efforts, especially for activities like carbon reduction, water quality, and waste management. There are many ways for employees to contribute to these environmental goals and compliance efforts as they go about their daily activities, and successful achievement requires employee buy in, education, and participation. Research is needed to develop guidelines for employee onboarding and ongoing training with respect to environmental laws, regulations, and stewardship programs at the airport.   The objective of this research is to provide airports with resource materials for onboarding and ongoing environmental training of employees, including airport staff, tenants, and contractors. The resource materials should focus on environmental stewardship programs, regulations, and laws to promote a culture of sustainability and compliance. The resources should include: (1) Handbook that includes, at a minimum: (a) Primer that summarizes: federal and common state environmental regulations that apply to airports; common and emerging airport environmental stewardship and compliance goals and initiatives; and the importance of employee training and engagement in environmental sustainability (e.g., risk management, compliance); (b) Guidelines to help airports: incorporate environmental training into their organizational structure and across functions (e.g., operations, finance, safety and security, administration/HR, facilities, planning and development); develop training materials to promote employee participation with and recognition of airport environmental compliance, goals, and initiatives, with the objective of integrating environmental stewardship in their daily job activities; and engage tenants and contractors to promote environmental practices among their employees; (2) Tools to facilitate training and engagement that could include: customizable training templates (e.g., slides, handouts, story maps) for onboarding and recurring training; exercises and activities to reinforce practices; customizable physical (e.g., posters, stickers) and digital (e.g., graphics, imagery, computer-based training) materials; and assessment tools to benchmark and measure program success; and (3) Supporting material, including at a minimum: examples of employee communication, engagement tools, and employee training handbooks about environmental stewardship; case studies of various sized airports and non-airport examples of innovative and effective training practices; and list of resources.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-101

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Start Date: 20220524
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01779170
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-101
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 16 2021 3:16PM