Integrating facility services with sustainability is an
important practice that brings together the entire airport
organization to support sustainability goals. Defining
the organizational commitment level is the first step in
building the sustainable facility plan. Since sustainability
is a voluntary effort now, many organizations still are
considering the impact prior to adoption. However, it
is likely that in the near future many cities will require
more sustainability initiatives, with airports a key
element in these programs.
The findings on Atlanta’s operational best practices
research project were reviewed and vetted by leadership
from the International Facility Management Association
Airports Council and two Atlanta facility management
consultants who have worked extensively with airports.
While some participants wanted immediate reporting
of metrics or benchmarking information as a result of
Atlanta’s research, this project was focused on best
practices and policies rather than specific benchmarks.
It is recommended, however, that a more formal
benchmarking effort with other airports could be a
productive next step in advancing facility management
for airports across the country or world. This effort will
be underway in the coming months, and we anticipate
working closely with the International Facility
Management Association on this effort. A
Kathy O. Roper is associate professor and chair, facility management,
School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology. She
may be reached at email@example.com. Michael Cheyne,
A.A.E., is director, asset management and sustainability, for the city
of Atlanta Department of Aviation. He may be reached at michael.
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