Sustainable Airport Planning: Philadelphia and NYC Best Practices

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Learning Outcomes

  • Assess master planning efforts in addressing multimodal transportation needs, operational efficiency, and community impacts while prioritizing long-term environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
  • Identify sustainability, placemaking, and community initiatives that can be incorporated into other community facilities.
  • Incorporate sustainability and climate-change mitigation into airport development and operations, to enhance equitable communities as they work toward climate justice and net-zero emissions.

Course Details

Airports often serve as the first and last stop on one's itinerary when visiting a city. For residents, PHL, EWR, JFK, LGA, and others are often the first and last taste of home they experience while traveling. As gateways to and exemplars of those magnificent global cities, airports must represent the communities they serve and plan for their best interests in facing an uncertain climate future.

This presentation inspires planners to consider potential partnerships with their local and regional airports and how they fit into master planning as well as sustainability and resilience planning for the climate emergency. Lessons learned apply beyond the airport sector into the realms of master planning, sustainability, and public-private partnership.