Fresno Yosemite International Airport Sustainability Management Plan

C&S developed a sustainability management plan for Fresno Yosemite International Airport, which was selected by the FAA as one of 10 airports nationwide to participate in a sustainability planning pilot program. Fresno has already embraced the sustainability challenge through its many green initiatives, including having the nation’s largest airport solar farm. The goals of the sustainability management plan will be to achieve specific environmental, social, economic, and operational benefits. In order to establish realistic targets for improvement, C&S conducted baseline assessments in a wide range of categories and developed a report detailing the results of our findings. Baseline data in the following categories was collected for each area identified by the airport and the team and assembled into one baseline assessment report:

  • Air emissions
  • Energy
  • Water quality
  • Water conservation
  • Noise
  • Landscape management
  • Solid waste and recycling
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Hazardous materials
  • Surface transportation
  • Socioeconomic and community outreach
  • Sustainable site and land use compatibility

C&S team specialists gathered this information during site visits, working directly with airport personnel in many different operational areas, speaking with airport tenants, and meeting with vendors and representatives of the city and airport. Following the baseline assessment, the C&S team performed a gap analysis to determine how Fresno can move from its current baseline to meeting the sustainability goals. Based on the established goals and the results of the baseline assessments and gap analysis, C&S developed an implementation plan to help the airport achieve the desired outcomes, including identifying sustainability measures that can be implemented both as part of future capital projects or as stand-alone initiatives. In addition, we developed a sustainability report card so that they can track progress on initiatives each year. The report card indicates which goals were met and how each year’s numbers compare to the baseline year. For the airport to execute their sustainability management plan, it is critical to keep in mind the many factors that go into implementing a plan. C&S helped the airport identify the information necessary to determine the timing and scope/scale of each initiative in terms of implementation requirements. We also looked at the projected return on investment for each sustainability initiative. For example, a controls system upgrade would reduce electricity and natural gas usage, saving the airport $250,000 a year in operating costs. Numerous initiatives are driven primarily by environmental or social benefits, but are as valuable as those with demonstrated cost savings. A meaningful sustainability management plan goes beyond looking for cost-saving measures and takes a more holistic look at how the airport functions, considering environmental, social, and economic/financial benefits.