Project Merit: Sustainability

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The Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics for developing a comprehensive program to help the state’s 74 general aviation airports enhance their long-term viability by providing them with innovative tools that allow them to incorporate sustainability into their planning and operations. Airports now have access to an easy-to-use, free online sustainability tool kit to create their own customized Airport Sustainability Plans. The tool kit walks the user through each step of the planning process, from adding relevant baseline inventory data, to identifying specific focus areas that are most important to the airport (e.g., energy, revenue generation, community relations, operations and maintenance, etc.). Airports select unique sustainability goals and initiatives and assign responsibility for plan implementation. Most importantly, the tool kit provides a means for tracking and reporting progress.