WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $5.4 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants for 13 airports nationwide that are taking innovative steps to reduce their impact on the environment.
“We support our nation’s airports in their efforts to protect the environment in the communities they serve,” said Secretary LaHood. “These grants will help airports to operate more efficiently and be more environmentally friendly.”
Across the country, airports can improve sustainability in a number of ways including reducing noise in the surrounding communities and improving water and air quality. Funding through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP) enables airports to study, plan and develop sustainability initiatives to be incorporated into existing and future airport projects. Some of the sustainable initiatives include reducing energy consumption through the use of alternative fuels for vehicles, installing light sensors to automatically turn off lights and reduce energy use, using environmentally friendly “green” products at airport facilities and promoting land uses that attract businesses and industries that can benefit from being near an airport.
“Airport sponsors want to protect the environment and serve the traveling public while maintaining a high level of safety,” said Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “These grants will help us achieve these objectives.”
Airports selected for sustainability planning dollars includes:
Bert Mooney (Butte, Mont.) $247,500
Colorado State Airports (Colo.) $500,000
Dallas/Fort Worth International (Texas) $600,000
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (Fla.) $356,250
Gulfport-Biloxi International (Miss.) $135,000
James M. Cox Dayton International (Ohio) $315,000
Logan International (Mass.) $750,000
Monterey (Calif.) $189,930
Northwest Arkansas Regional (Ark.) $270,000
Salt Lake City International (Utah) $500,000
Seattle-Tacoma International (Wash.) $750,000
Tampa International (Fla.) $607,500
University Park (Penn.) $217,800
The grants will enable airports to incorporate sustainability strategies into their master planning process.
AIP provides $3.35 billion in annual funding for projects that are vital to maintaining the safety, capacity and environmental stewardship of our nation’s airports. More than 3,300 airports are eligible for AIP grants benefiting commercial passengers, cargo operations and general aviation activities throughout the nation.