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Presenters. Bob Nicholas Airport Manager. Charlie McDermott C&S Companies. Courtney Armbruster C&S Companies. Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Sustainable Master Plan. Presentation agenda. Introduction Project team FAA funding Sustainable airport master plan process and report

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Bob Nicholas

Airport Manager

Charlie McDermott

C&S Companies

Courtney Armbruster

C&S Companies

presentation agenda
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
Why Ithaca?
  • Tompkins County emissions reduction goal
  • Cornell University goal
  • Ithaca College goal
  • Other community initiatives
  • Airport reflects community
  • FAA involvement
background on ithaca
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sustainability baseline assessments
  • Conducted 12 assessments covering diverse areas of sustainability
  • Identified biggest weak points and made recommendations
advisory committee
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
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
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
Next steps
  • Complete alternative development and evaluation phase
  • Prepare phase 2 report
  • Work with students on their assignments
community outreach
Community outreach
  • Website—
  • 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
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
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
Topics studied
  • LEED EB certification
  • Landscaping options
  • Green roofs
  • Solar photovoltaics
  • Composting
  • Community involvement
  • De-icing
  • Transportation demand
  • Community outreach
benefits of student involvement
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
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!
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