The National Academies

ACRP 02-101 [Pending]

Environmental Stewardship and Compliance Training for Airport Employees

  Project Data
Funds: $400,000
Contract Time: 18 months
Staff Responsibility: Joseph D. Navarrete

Environmental stewardship and compliance can be complex for airports and their employees. To operate an airport in an environmentally responsible manner, and in compliance with relevant environmental legislation, employees must be informed about an airport's environmental compliance and sustainability programs. Research is needed to develop customizable training materials regarding environmental laws, regulations, and sustainability programs for airports.
The objective of this research is to develop training materials, tools, guidelines, and other resources to inform airport employees about environmental laws, regulations, and sustainability programs and promote a culture of sustainability and compliance.  The resources should include: 
  • Materials to facilitate training that should include, at a minimum:
    • Customizable training templates (e.g., slides, handouts, story maps) for onboarding and recurring training; and
    • Graphics and imagery suitable for creating customizable physical (e.g., posters, stickers, handouts) and digital materials to support training activity.
  • Handbook that includes, at a minimum:
    • Primer that summarizes:
      • Federal and common state environmental regulations that apply to airports;
      • Common and emerging airport environmental stewardship and compliance goals and initiatives; and
      • The importance of employee training and engagement in environmental sustainability (e.g., risk management, compliance);
    • Guidelines to help airports:
      • Incorporate environmental training into their organizational structure and across functions (e.g., operations, finance, safety and security, administration/HR, facilities, planning and development);
      • Develop training materials to promote employee participation with and recognition of airport environmental compliance, goals, and initiatives, with the objective of integrating environmental stewardship in their daily job activities; and
      • Engage tenants and contractors to promote environmental practices among their employees.
  •  Supporting material, including at a minimum:
    • Examples of employee communication, engagement tools, and employee training handbooks about environmental stewardship; and
    • List of relevant external supplemental resources.
The research plan should include, at a minimum, the following interim deliverables:
  • Working Paper 1 that includes a literature review;
  • Working Paper 2 that includes a description of recommended tools and rationale; and
  • Interim report documenting the research effort and results of the project to date, including an annotated handbook outline; initial mockup/framework for the tools and recommended delivery methods; and recommended next steps.
The research plan should include, at a minimum, the following checkpoints with the ACRP project panel: (1) kickoff web meeting to be held within 1 month of contract execution; (2) web meeting to review Working Paper 1; (3) web meeting to review Working Paper 2 and confirm recommended tools; and (4) interim meeting to review the results of the interim report and confirm remaining research approach.
The final deliverables will include:
  • Handbook, tools, and supporting materials;
  • Technical report documenting the entire research process and findings;
  • Summary of Key Findings;
  • Further Recommended Research Memo; and
  • Technical memo titled, “Implementation of Research Findings and Products”.

STATUS: Proposals have been received in response to the RFP.  The project panel will meet to select a contractor to perform the work.

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