Sustainable airport development involves the environment, the economy, the community, and airport operations.

Sustainable actions---

  • Reduce environmental impacts.
  • Help maintain high, stable levels of economic growth.
  • Help achieve "social progress", a broad set of actions that ensure organizational goals are achieved in a way that's consistent with the needs and values of the local community.

Long-standing FAA programs such as the Noise Compatibility Program and Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) Program help airports achieve these goals. By fully integrating sustainability principles into airport planning, we are now taking sustainability a step further.

Airport Sustainability Planning

Our objective is to make sustainability a core objective in airport planning. We are providing airports across the United States with funding to develop comprehensive sustainability planning documents. These documents, called Sustainability Master Plans and Airport Sustainability Plans, will include initiatives for reducing environmental impacts, achieving economic benefits, and increasing integration with local communities. To date, we have funded 45 airports across the United States.

Sustainability Master Plans and Airport Sustainability Plans

Sustainability Master Plans fully integrate sustainability into an airport's long-range planning. A Sustainable Management Plan is a stand-alone document. Both documents achieve similar objectives. They use baseline assessments of environmental resources and community outreach to identify sustainability objectives that will reduce environmental impacts, realize economic benefits, and improve community relations.

Participating Airports

We began our work in airport sustainability planning in 2010 by funding the first Sustainability Master Plan at Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport in Ithaca, New York, and the first Sustainable Management Plan at Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine, Florida. Since then, another 10 airports were funded through our "Sustainability Master Plan Pilot Program." This program will be completed in 2013.

In addition to the airport-specific benefits of comprehensive sustainability plans, their lessons learned will also contribute to new FAA guidance on airport sustainability planning. That guidance is expected in 2013.

Thanks to the early encouraging result of the pilot, we funded an additional 13 airports in 2012.

Airports from most geographic regions of the United States are participating in our sustainability planning efforts. Airports of all sizes and activity levels are also represented. This includes some of the largest airports in the United States, General Aviation airports, and relievers.

Airport Sustainability Planning Participants and Plans
Airport (and links to plans) State
Akron-Canton Regional Airport Ohio
Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, Latrobe Pennsylvania
Bert Mooney Airport, Butte Montana
Cheyenne Regional Airport - Jerry Olson Field Wyoming
Coeur D’Alene-Pappy Boyington Field Idaho
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Texas
Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport Ohio
Denver International Airport Colorado
Flagstaff Pulliam Airport Arizona
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Florida
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Florida
Fresno Yosemite International Airport California
General Aviation Airports, State of Colorado Colorado
General Aviation Airports, Commonwealth of Virginia Virginia
George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston Texas
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Mississippi
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (PDF, 1.24 MB) Georgia
Honolulu International Airport Hawaii
Huntington Tri-State Airport West Virginia
Huntsville International Airport - Carl T. Jones Field Alabama
Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport New York
James M. Cox Dayton International Airport Ohio
Juneau International Airport Alaska
Kent State University Ohio
Logan International Airport Massachusetts
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Minnesota
Monterey Airport California
Nashville International Airport Tennessee
Newark Liberty International Airport New Jersey
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport Virginia
Newton City-County Airport (PDF) Kansas
Northeast Florida Regional Airport Florida
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Arkansas
Portland International Jetport Maine
Outagamie County Regional Airport Wisconsin
Roberts Field - Redmond Municipal Airport Oregon
Renton Municipal Airport Washington
Salt Lake City International Airport Utah
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Washington
Tampa International Airport Florida
Teterboro Airport New Jersey
University Park Airport Pennsylvania
Vero Beach Municipal Airport Florida
William P. Hobby Airport, Houston Texas
Yeager Airport, Charleston West Virginia

Program Guidance and Lessons Learned

In May 2010, we published interim guidance for the Sustainability Master Plan Pilot Program (see "Resources" below). We made the interim guidance purposefully broad to enable airports to develop diverse and innovative approaches to sustainability planning.

The FAA has published a report of Lessons Learned from FAA-funded sustainability plans. This report is in the "Resources" section below.

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