Message from the CEO
As we prepare for a new day in Tampa Bay, the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority is committed to moving forward with capital improvements that are both economically wise and environmentally responsible. We at Tampa International Airport feel fortunate to partner with cities and counties that value our natural resources, and we want to do our part to support sustainability.
Tampa International Airport recently received a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to develop a sustainability master plan that will provide a blueprint for airport management and development that considers conservation, social responsibility and economic viability. Over the next 12 months, we will formalize a plan to build on our current sustainability initiatives, such as expanding our compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle fleet and increasing our use of reclaimed water, in addition to evaluating new innovations, such as alternative energy sources. We want to hear your ideas and input as well. Please visit our website often to stay involved in the process and help make Tampa International Airport a leader in environmental stewardship.
Joe Lopano, Chief Executive Officer
What is Sustainability?
Sustainability is about making decisions that meet our needs today without compromising our ability to meet our needs in the future. It means planning ahead and thinking holistically. Sustainability is more than just being "green." It also encompasses the social, economic, and operational elements of our business. Simply put, it means being good stewards of all of our resources.
Why be Sustainable?
Sustainability has been a high priority at TPA for the past several years. The Sustainable Master Plan will build upon the success that we have already experienced in areas. For instance, did you know…?
- Almost 40% of our vehicle fleet runs on alternative fuels, such as compressed natural gas, electric, and hybrid engines.
- TPA hosts two electric vehicle charging stations and one compressed natural gas station on site for public use.
- Our maintenance staff embraces energy-efficient lighting solutions, such as LED airfield lights and terminal signage, to reduce waste and maintenance costs.
- In 2012, the airport saved over $1 million in electricity costs by implementing building controls on temperature, lighting, and baggage systems.
- TPA has reduced its water consumption by installing low flow fixtures and sensors in more than 80% of the restrooms, recycling the water from the rental car and fleet wash areas, and recovering and reusing the condensation from our air handlers.
- We use over 60 million gallons of reclaimed water per year and have plans to expand that to over 120 million gallons per year.
- Through our terminal recycling program, we are diverting over 1,000 tons of solid waste from the landfill each year.
- TPA is one of the few airports nationwide that enable in-flight recycling for our airlines.
Federal Focus on Airport Sustainability
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires airports that use federal dollars to update their airport master plan every five to six years to reflect their 20-year horizon for growth and development. Traditionally, sustainability has been more of a secondary consideration rather than a core objective. However, the FAA began a Pilot Program in 2010 to place greater emphasis on airport sustainability planning. The program encourages three core principles: protecting the environment, maintaining high and stable levels of economic growth, and encouraging social progress that recognizes all stakeholders’ needs.
Tampa International Airport is one of 25 airports that have received grants from the FAA to participate in the sustainability planning process. Because the Tampa airport just completed its master plan update in early 2013, the timing is ideal for developing a Sustainable Master Plan and Design Criteria Manual. These documents will help us to define what sustainability means to our airport community, elevate and build upon our current sustainability initiatives, and enhance the overall sustainability of our capital improvement program.
For a link to the FAA’s Sustainability home page, please visit:
How can I get involved?
We need your input! Throughout the 12-month study, there will be several ways to get involved including workshops, social media interaction, and submitting comments on our website. Your interest and participation will help shape Tampa International Airport’s sustainable future!
Visioning Information Boards 7/30/13-7/31/13
Public Visioning Presentation and Polling Results 7/30/13
Public Visioning Breakout Discussion Notes 7/30/13
Public Visioning Comment Forms 7/31/13
Public Visioning Sign-In Sheets 7/31/13
Tenant Visioning Presentation and Polling Results 7/31/13
Tenant Visioning Breakout Discussion Notes 7/31/13
HCAA Staff Presentation and Polling Results 7/31/13
HCAA Staff Breakout Discussion Notes 7/31/13
Photos of the Visioning Sessions (7/30/13-7/31/13)
To kick off the study, we held three visioning sessions in July 2013. The first session was held on July 30, 2013, at the Hillsborough Community College-Dale Mabry Campus. More than 40 public citizens provided valuable feedback on what our goals, objectives, and priorities should be and how we might apply them. On July 31, 2013, approximately 30 of our airport tenants and 20 members of our own staff gave us their insights and ideas on how we can improve our sustainability. Check out the links below to view the presentations, live polling results, and breakout session comments.
Additional public workshops will be held in Spring 2014. We hope to see you there!
If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this project, please let us know through the comment feature below. You can always visit our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to catch up on the latest project activities.
NEW! - Draft Priorities
Based on the great ideas that we collected during our visioning process, the Airport has identified seven draft priorities for our sustainability program. These seven priorities represent key focus areas that reflect our commitment to our triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. Let us know what you think!
In the coming months, we will develop goals, initiatives, and metrics associated with each of these priorities. Our goals will define what we want to accomplish. Our initiatives will define how we are going to accomplish it. And our metrics tell us how we will measure our progress.
For example, under the priority of Natural Systems, we could have a goal to decrease our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% over the next 10 years. One initiative that would support that goal would be to increase our reliance on alternatively fueled vehicles. Of course, the metric would involve monitoring our GHG emissions regularly to see if we are meeting our goal.
Our draft goals should be available by the end of this year, so visit us soon and give us your feedback!
Alice Price, AICP
Tell Us What You Think
To provide comments on the Sustainability Master Plan or get more information on the project, please fill out the form below.