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1 Airport Sustainability Planning Charlie McDermott, LEED AP Planning Department Manager C&S Companies

2 Transportation Research Board Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Completed research: ACRP 08-01: Sustainable Airport Construction Practices ACRP Synthesis Sustainable Facilities and Practices (published as Synthesis 10 Airport Sustainability Practices) Research in progress: ACRP 02-22: Incorporating Sustainability Into Traditional Airport Projects ACRP 02-28: Airport Sustainability Practices: Tools for Evaluating, Measuring and Implementing ACRP 02-30: Enhancing the Airport-Industry SAGA website Upcoming research: ACRP 09-06: Sustainable Practices for Airport Maintenance and Operations

3 FAAs Pilot Program FAA introduced the Sustainable Master Plan Pilot Program in May airports were selected for the program Evaluates ways to make sustainability a core objective Objective: sustainable master plans and sustainable management plans will include initiatives for reducing environmental impacts and achieving economic benefits while increasing integration with local communities Program will end in late 2012 FAA will use lessons learned to develop national program guidance on airport sustainability

4 FAAs Sustainability Planning Pilot Program According to FAA: Initiatives like the Sustainable Master Plan Pilot Program are intended to take a more proactive, holistic approach to sustainable planning

5 Pilot Program Guidance Required elements: Mission statement Define sustainability categories, such as: Socioeconomics Airport facilities Environmental resources (i.e., energy, water, air, etc.) Conduct baseline assessment Establish measurable goals Identify specific initiatives

6 Sustainable Master Plans vs. Sustainability Management Plans

7 Stand-Alone Sustainability Management Plans Develops airport-wide sustainability policy, with detailed goals and objectives Considers all aspects of airport operations Incorporates a range of environmental, social, and economic categories Air quality and climate change Energy conservation Water quality and conservation Solid waste reduction and recycling Community outreach Develops measurable performance targets Reports on progress regularly

8 Sustainable Master Plan Integration of sustainability throughout the planning process Not a separate chapter in a master plan Not a stand-alone management plan Each planning decision considers sustainability throughout report Focus on maximizing existing facilitys assets before recommending new construction Find ways to incorporate sustainability elements into all projects

9 Sustainable Master Plan Case Study Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Ithaca, New York Finger Lakes region of upstate New York Home to Cornell University and Ithaca College Primary, non-hub airport with 110,000 annual enplanements Single runway configuration6,601 x 150 feet Carriers = Delta, Continental, United, & US Airways Regional jets and turboprop aircraft Destinations are five large northeast hubs Previous master plan was 15 years old

10 Sustainable master planning what does it mean? Integration of sustainability throughout the planning process Mindset shift Holistic approach to planning

11 Document structure Follows the structure of the master plan AC Integrates sustainability Every chapter discusses sustainability Includes tools to incorporate sustainability into future projects Sustainability cant overtake the documentit requires a balance

12 ALP drawing set includes: All traditional elements ALP checklist Planned sustainability initiatives CIP phasing plan includes Facility needs Sustainability initiatives

13 Sustainability decision tree

14 Report card What should you measure? Gathering data Updating the report card Taking action based on report card results

15 Sustainability Management Plan Case Study: Fresno Yosemite International Airport One of 10 airports in pilot program Fresno, Californiagateway to Yosemite National Park Primary, small-hub airport with approximately 570,000 enplanements (2010) Double runway configuration 9,227 x 150 ft and 7,205 x 100 ft. Served by eight carriers Regional jets and turboprop aircraft 10 non-stop destinations in US and Mexico

16 Major Tasks Engage stakeholders Conduct baseline inventory Develop written vision and mission statement for project and/or airport overall Define measurable goals and targets Recommend sustainability initiatives Implement and track performance

17 Base line categories Air emissions Energy Water conservation Water quality Noise Landscape management Solid waste and recycling Indoor environmental quality Hazardous materials Surface transportation Socioeconomic and community outreach Sustainable site and land use compatibility

18 Example Screening Criteria Capital costs Life cycle costs Return on investment (where applicable) Ability to meet sustainability goals (e.g., GHG reductions, energy savings, water savings) Staffing and maintenance requirements Potential funding mechanisms

19 Sample goals Energy: reduce electricity consumption by 26% and natural gas consumption by 15% Water conservation: reduce potable water consumption Landscape management: increase species diversity Solid waste: implement a robust recycling program Outreach: install interactive display to educate travelers about the airports goals

20 Report card What should you measure? Gathering data Updating the report card Taking action based on report card results

21 FAA Updates FAA to publish lessons learned from all pilot programs in early 2012 Lessons will aid FAA in the development of new planning guidance FAA will fund sustainability plans/sustainable master plans in 2012.

22 Thank you! Questions?


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