For many airports, employing sustainable measures has become second nature. However, there have been significant changes in operations due to COVID-19, and this has resulted in new regulations guiding airports on how to safely navigate the pandemic. New measures include limiting the use of reusables, enhancing sanitation protocols, and applying touchless technologies, among others. In light of these changes, airports must adjust their sustainability practices accordingly.
To help airports manage these changes while maintaining sustainable practices, the ACC Planning and Environmental Committee has released the paper “Sustainability Assessment of COVID Solutions for Airports.” I, along with several industry colleagues, helped to identify challenges and recommendations that could help airports meet their sustainability goals related to waste management, cleaning protocols, energy, air quality, and water management, all while providing a safe environment during COVID-19.
While airports are pivoting to adapt to conditions during COVID‐19, it is imperative that they continue to prioritize sustainability. Considering the impact that decisions have can preserve the long‐term viability of the airport, the community and the planet.