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A Sustainability Management Plan for Newark Liberty International Airport

 Sustainability Management Plan – Newark Liberty International Airport
Sustainability Management Plan – Newark Liberty International Airport

Location: Newark, New Jersey, USA

In 2010, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launched its Sustainable Master Plan Pilot Program.  Under the pilot program, the FAA selected 10 airports across the United States to participate and awarded funding to develop either a Sustainable Master Plan or a Sustainability Management Plan.  The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (the Port Authority) selected LeighFisher for its reputation in aviation consulting to develop a Sustainability Management Plan for Newark Liberty International Airport as part of the FAA’s pilot program.

The Sustainability Management Plan lays out strategies to allow for cost-effective and reliable airport operations, minimize the adverse environmental impacts on the surrounding community, and achieve the Port Authority’s greenhouse gas reduction targets.  Based on LeighFisher’s aviation consultancy advice, the Port Authority selected nine target areas that focus on improving all aspects of Airport operations, from stormwater management, to solid waste and recycling, and to employee health and wellbeing.  To ensure successful implementation, we identified responsible staff, timeframes, and budgets for all 53 initiatives identified in the plan.  LeighFisher designed a management system process to ensure continual improvements at the Airport through monitoring and reporting on progress against the goals and targets laid out in the plan in the Airport’s annual sustainability report.

The project comprised four tasks: (1) Inventory – undertake a baseline review of the Airport’s sustainability impacts to provide a comprehensive set of qualitative information and quantitative metrics, (2) Sustainability Plan – produce a vision statement for the Airport, establish goals and objectives, identify opportunities for improvement, and produce action plans, (3) Implementation Strategy – prioritize measures and establish metrics and reporting guidance,

and (4) Stakeholder Engagement – promote and discuss the plan with key stakeholders from the Airport and community.  As part of this project, LeighFisher established an airport-wide sustainability committee comprised of staff from all divisions of the Airport and several from Port Authority agency-wide departments to guide development of the plan and lead the implementation beyond the plan.  LeighFisher facilitated the first five meetings of the Airport sustainability committee and ensured buy-in and commitment from the members to assure the continued success of the sustainability program at the Airport.

As part of the involvement in the FAA’s pilot program, LeighFisher reported progress and lessons learned on a quarterly basis throughout the 22-month project. This feedback has helped the FAA in producing guidance to airports across the country on how to develop a Sustainability Management Plan.  LeighFisher was also selected to produce a Sustainability Management Plan at Teterboro Airport in 2010 under the pilot program and, in 2012, was selected by the Port of Seattle to produce a Sustainable Master Plan under the second round of the pilot program.

Key Highlights: 
  • Facilitating a visioning workshop with Port Authority of New York and New Jersey staff and developing a Sustainability Vision Statement for Newark Liberty International  Airport
  • Producing a comprehensive and practical strategic plan for sustainability at the Airport
  • Raising awareness about sustainability and the Sustainability Management Plan with Port Authority employees, Airport staff, and other Airport tenant and business partners
Services Include: 
Strategy Planning
Stakeholder Engagement
Main Contacts 

LeighFisher and Jacobs.


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