Presenters Bob Nicholas Airport Manager Charlie McDermott C&S Companies Courtney Armbruster C&S Companies
Presentation agenda • Introduction • Project team • FAA funding • Sustainable airport master plan process and report • Higher education involvement • Outreach • Lessons learned • Q&A
“Mounting evidence about climate change brings with it an urgency for all of us to protect the environment for future generations. Through this initiative, I hope that we can do our bit and perhaps set an example for other airports to follow.”–Bob Nicholas
Why Ithaca? • Tompkins County emissions reduction goal • Cornell University goal • Ithaca College goal • Other community initiatives • Airport reflects community • FAA involvement
Background on Ithaca • Located in upstate New York, neighbor to Cornell University and Ithaca College • Primary, non-hub commercial services airport with approximately 100,000 enplanements • Single runway configuration—6,601 x 150 • Airlines are Delta, Continental, US Airways • Regional jets and turboprop aircraft are most commonly used • Destinations are four large northeast hubs • Current master plan is 14 years old • Anticipate modest development plans for this master plan
Higher education connection • Cornell is a world leader in sustainability • Ithaca College is committed to sustainability and boasts two LEED Platinum buildings • Both campuses have signed American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, pledging to mitigate their negative impact on climate change • Four Cornell and Ithaca College classes involved in project • Students researched variety of sustainability initiatives and options for airport and developed reports and presentations
Project schedule • Grant received in July 2009 • Master plan phase 1 report—submitted January 2010 • Master plan phase 2 report—spring 2010 • Draft final report—summer 2010 • Final report and ALP drawings—summer 2010
The C&S Companies • Founded in 1968 • Full-service, project delivery specialists • More than 400 professionals • 200th largest A/E service provider in U.S. • Offices and projects coast to coast
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB) • Integrated transportation, land development, and environmental consulting services since 1979 • Sustainability credentials • Leader in Sustainable Aviation Guidance Alliance • Key investigator in ACRP Guidebook for Improving Environmental Practices at Small Airports • Lead airport sustainability initiatives at Boston Logan, San Francisco, Manchester, St. Augustine, and Philadelphia airports
The changing needs of planning • We need to look more broadly at airport planning in general • Environmental component of planning needs to be more than just assessing impacts from development
The right place; the right time • Ithaca is the right size facility in the right location • Lessons learned can be scaled up or down • Community is very supportive of environmental efforts • Synergy exists between sponsor, community, and other stakeholders • Supportive, forward-thinking airport manager willing to try new approach
FAA Funding • Compelling reason for Ithaca to be the first • Airport Consultant Council (ACC) support • Met with FAA in Washington • Sponsor used entitlements to fund sustainability portion of master plan
Master plan overview • Facility requirements • Critical aircraft • Forecasts • Other goals and objectives of Tompkins County • Consideration of alternatives • Environmental impacts • Costs • How much? Who pays for it? • Timing and schedule of development • What and when do you need it? • What and when do you build it?
What is a sustainable airport master plan? Looks at traditional airport master planning in a very different way! Incorporates sustainability into the planning process Communicates a meaningful and sustainable development plan
Sustainability goals and objectives • 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 • Hazardous materials, waste management and remediation • Surface transportation management • Socioeconomic benefits and community outreach/involvement • Land use • Buildings and facilities • Design and construction
Sustainability baseline assessments • Conducted 12 assessments covering diverse areas of sustainability • Identified biggest weak points and made recommendations
Advisory committee • Diverse committee members • For each identified facility requirement, consider: • How can the project contribute to meeting the sustainability goals and objectives? • How can the project be enhanced or modified to meet the goals and objectives?
Projects discussed • Meeting the sustainability goals and objectives is the overarching mission: • Terminal building TSA space needs • Second passenger loading bridge • Terminal building roof replacement • 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
The Phase 1 report was submitted in January! • Introduction • Existing conditions • Baseline assessments • Forecasts of aviation demand • Sustainability requirements: goals and target setting • Facility requirements
Next steps • Complete alternative development and evaluation phase • Prepare phase 2 report • Work with students on their assignments
Community outreach • Website—www.Sustainable-ITH.com • Online passenger, business, and pilot surveys • Used not-for-profit donation as incentive for participation • Display and handouts set up in terminal during peak period • Press releases • Open house scheduled
College connection • Cornell and Ithaca College have strong sustainability goals and are valuable resources for unique expertise and perspectives • In 2009, two Cornell classes involved • Environmental Stewardship, Department of Science of Natural and Environmental Systems • Ecological Literacy, Department of Design and Environmental Analysis • Students researched variety of sustainability initiatives and options for airport and submitted reports
Student participation Spring 2010 semester courses • Ithaca College • Sustainable Practices in Operations & Technology—MBA-level course • Social & Non-Profit Marketing • Students are developing options for implementing alternatives and sustainability goals and objectives.
Topics studied • LEED EB certification • Landscaping options • Green roofs • Solar photovoltaics • Composting • Community involvement • De-icing • Transportation demand • Community outreach
Benefits of student involvement • Opportunity for student to engage in first of its kind project • Get young adults involved in the aviation industry • Generated innovative and creative ideas • Hope to establish long-term relationship with colleges
Lessons learned—so far! • Complete inventory/baseline assessments before goals are established • Centralize data collection • Keep advisory committee small • Electronic surveys/community-based incentives worked well • Leverage higher education resources • There’s more to come!
Thank you for coming! • Questions? • Take a bookmark/card • www.Sustainable-ITH.com