June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
Airport Sustainability as a business strategy with both short-term and long-term benefits. More and more airports are trying to integrate sustainability into their long-range planning and day-to-day operations. Airports that commit to enhance sustainability progress need to track and measure the performance made toward achieving their sustainable goals. However, it is a challenge to convert sustainability concepts into the quantitative measuring tools, and to select appropriate performance metrics.
The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs is an annual national competition for university-level students. This competition is sponsored by ACRP, a program of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The competition has four challenge categories, which are airport environmental interactions, runway safety/runway incursions/runway excursions, airport operations and maintenance, and airport management and planning. Each of the four challenges categories could potentially have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. The past winning proposals are available in online archives on the competition’s official website.
Student teams at U.S. colleges and universities may participate in the competition either as an academic course or as an out-of-class project, with a faculty advisor. Each student team submits a design package that proposes an innovative design to solve a real-world problem airport facing and a self-assessment of the educational experience of participating in the competition. The design package submitted must meet strict competition requirements and be up to 40 pages in length. A recent study found that from 2007 to 2017, sustainability was mentioned in twelve of the first place design packages.
This study aims to address the following research questions: 1. What are the metrics were used in measuring sustainability in the 2013 – 2017 1st place winning proposals of ACRP airport design competition? 2. What are the motivations for the 2013 – 2017 1st place winning teams to include sustainability into their designs?
To answer the research question 1, the 1st place winning proposals from 2013 – 2017 that mentioned sustainability are explored to identify the sustainability metrics were used. To answer the research question 2, the insights provided by the winning teams are analyzed. The outcomes of this study are expected to be a set of measurement metrics for sustainability and a list of motivations for including sustainability into the designs. The metrics identified may be helpful to the students and faculty interested in competing in future competitions and wanting to include sustainability metrics. Faculty may use the sustainability metrics and team motivations to inform course design in engineering and technology programs. A winning team member and faculty advisor share their reflections on team self-assessment during the design package preparation.
Gu, Y., & Johnson, M. E. (2019, June), Motivations for Including Sustainability in a National Airport Design Competition Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33123
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