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Using the Procurement and Contracting Process to Advance Environmental and Sustainability Goals


As reported in ACRP Synthesis 42, airports are large consumers of goods and services, and as such have the opportunity to enable or require sustainability performance improvements through the contracting process. There are many types of airport contracts, and each can be leveraged by airports to improve compliance with regulations, facilitate innovative economic, environmental and social sustainability initiatives, and improve overall performance. The airport contract types that provide the most opportunity to make a difference to an airports sustainability performance include design and construction contracts, concessions and tenant lease agreements, and janitorial service contracts. Examples of contract and procurement language was included in this prior report. This synthesis was developed in 2011- 2012. It reported that the practice of using the contracting and procurement processes to require and enforce sustainable practices was in the early stages at that time. As a result, this topic warrants an update to see what new and improved practices have evolved in the last 7-8 years. For example, more airports are looking to enhance their diversity, inclusion, and other social sustainability initiatives, which was not as much of a focus several years ago.


The objective of this project is to update Synthesis 42 with more examples and case studies of airport contracts and procurement practices to drive sustainability performance, with the additional consideration of inclusion, diversity and other social initiatives addressed in the contracting/procurement process.

Sponsoring Committee:AV030, Environmental Impacts of Aviation
Date Posted:03/02/2021
Date Modified:03/10/2021
Index Terms:Procurement, Contracting, Environmental protection, Sustainable development, Airports,
Cosponsoring Committees: 
Administration and Management
Terminals and Facilities

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