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“Successful Strategies to Airport Sustainability”
Airports follow varied paths when embarking on a journey toward sustainability. The journey begins with an idea, an opportunity, or perhaps a regulatory, political or financial need. Initially, sustainability concepts may be incorporated into new development projects, such as a new building, to reduce pollutants released to the air or water in compliance with local or state goals or regulations. From this experience, an airport’s interpretation of sustainability may broaden — sustainability is fundamentally about changing the way we make decisions, from the day-to-day routine decisions to the long-term visionary decisions that promote future airport growth.
Although journeys toward sustainability vary, themes emerging from successes to date emphasize the value of:
- A clear vision of intended sustainability results;
- Strong staff commitment to the pursuit of sustainability;
- Airport leadership championing the effort;
- Building on successes to promote momentum; and
- The need to monitor and adjust programs to maintain alignment with evolving goals of the airport and its stakeholders.
Sustainability programs should be rooted in a clear vision of implementing sustainability across the triple bottom line of environmental, economic and social considerations and guided by goals designed to achieve that vision. A sustainable development program may include goals designed to drive planning, design and construction decisions, such as minimizing environmental impacts and maximizing community benefits while doing so in a fiscally responsible manner. Goals also can be centered on financial issues and factor in actions supportive of social responsibility....
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