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1 Sustainable Master Planning Charlie McDermott, LEED AP Courtney Armbruster, LEED AP C&S Companies

2 Agenda Growth of sustainability Sustainable planning process Case studyIthaca Tompkins County Regional Airport Community outreach Higher education involvement Lessons learned Q&A

3 Growth of sustainability in aviation Industry efforts: Sustainable Aviation Guidance Alliance (SAGA) FAA, ACC/ACI, AAAE initiatives and committees Airport efforts: LAWA Sustainability Sustainable Airport Manual (SAM) Sustainability plans Denver San Diego Seattle Portland

4 Airport planning and sustainability What does it mean? Why is it important? How is it different ? What are the benefits?

5 The sustainable master plan process

6 Sustainability baseline assessments Specialized data collection Can involve many different types of specialists Conduct baseline assessments in each sustainability category Identify weak points and make recommendations

7 Sustainability categories Hazardous materials, waste management and remediation Surface transportation management Socioeconomic benefits and community outreach/involvement Land use Buildings and facilities Design and construction Air quality enhancement and climate change Energy conservation and renewable energy Noise abatement Water quality protection and water conservation Land and natural resources management Materials use and solid waste reduction/recycling

8 Setting goals and targets Need to establish tangible and measurable goals in each sustainability category Work with stakeholders and sponsor to identify goals in alignment with overall mission for sustainable master plan

9 Options evaluation Identify facility requirements Evaluate each project option against a number of criteria: Airport design standards Best planning practices Contribution to sustainability goals and targets Development cost Facility requirements Implementation feasibility Potential environmental impacts Strategic vision of airport Alternatives evaluation Highest-ranked project options are developed into alternatives Consider sustainability throughout by using two-step decision process 1) Maximize existing facilities first 2) Build as a last resort and as sustainably as possible Best alternative scenario becomes the airport layout plan Identify additional independent sustainability measures

10 Case Study: Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Ithaca, NY Located in Finger Lakes region of upstate New York Home to Cornell University and Ithaca College Primary, non-hub commercial service airport with approximately 100,000 enplanements Single runway configuration6,601 x 150 feet Carriers = Delta, Continental/United, US Airways Regional jets and turboprop aircraft Destinations are four large northeast hubs Current master plan is 15 years old

11 Ithaca is a very progressive and environmentally focused community Tompkins County has established emissions reduction goal Lessons learned can be scaled up or down Synergy exists between sponsor, community, and other stakeholders Supportive, forward-thinking airport manager FAA approved use of entitlement funds The right community for a green airport project

12 Planned projects Terminal building TSA space needs Additional de-icing pads T-hangars Apron lighting layout CFR/airport admin space needs Fuel facility additional capacity Reserve land west of terminal apron Additional vehicle parking for peak periods Sidewalks

13 Recommended sustainability initiatives Electric vehicle charge points Compressed natural gas fueling station Ground power for GA aircraft Photovoltaic panels Enhanced recycling program Green procurement guidelines Energy efficiency improvements Low/no mow areas Green vehicles and equipment Water conservation Enhance pedestrian access to airport

14 Finding greener ways to meet facility requirements Terminal expansion Found way to maintain existing footprint for short-term Ensure future addition is built to LEED standards Increased vehicle parking Reconfigure existing lots to add more spaces with minimal additional pavement Develop shared parking agreement for overflow spaces for peak demand periods

15 Community outreach Developed advisory committee at outset of project Diverse makeup of group Sponsor Airlines Tenants Users Academics Local sustainability experts Benefited from combination of unique perspectives

16 Community outreach Developed custom website Project updates Downloadable documents Meeting recaps Online passenger, business, and pilot surveys Used not-for-profit donation funded by C&S as incentive for participation Display and handouts set up in terminal during peak period Giveaways in terminal to increase awareness of project

17 Higher education involvement Cornell University and Ithaca College are world leaders in sustainability and boast several LEED Platinum buildings Both campuses have signed American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, pledging to mitigate their negative impact on climate change The campuses are significant contributors to passenger traffic at the airport

18 College connection Four classes involved in project Environmental Stewardship Ecological Literacy Sustainable Practices in Operations & Technology (MBA course) Social & Non-Profit Marketing Consultant team and airport manager made presentations to each class Throughout semester, team fielded questions and facilitated site visits

19 Student research Students researched variety of sustainability initiatives and options for airport and developed reports and presentations Topics included: LEED EB certification Landscaping options Recycling Voluntary carbon offsets Green roofs Solar photovoltaics and renewable energy Taxiway lighting Composting Community involvement and outreach Transportation demand management

20 Benefits of student involvement Opportunity for students to engage in groundbreaking project Get young adults involved in the aviation industry Generated innovative and creative ideas Access to unique expertise and resources Hope to establish long-term relationship with colleges

21 Lessons learnedso far! Sustainability must be integrated consider it in every decision Complete inventory/baseline assessments before goals are established Centralize data collection Keep advisory committee small but diverse Electronic surveys/community-based incentives worked well Leverage higher education and local sustainability resources

22 Thank you for coming! Questions?

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