Akron-Canton Airport hopes to reduce its energy signature

October 7, 2013 by  

Officials of the Akron-Canton Airport intend to spend next year trying to find ways to lower the energy levels the facility uses. The effort is spurred by the fact that the airport was one of 20 recipients of a sustainability grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which awarded the airport $234,000 last month.

The grant will be used in conjunction with the facility’s master plan. Airport officials have been working on the plan since 2012, and had hoped to finish it by early 2014. The addition of the sustainability program may push the development of the master plan to late 2014. Despite the projected delay, Richard B. McQueen, president and CEO of the field, said the grant came at the perfect time. Akron-Canton Airport had wanted to include a sustainability study in the master plan, but the FAA wasn’t ready. Once the agency had everything in place, it contacted the facility and offered the additional monies.

Under the original plan, the airport has already looked at the airfield itself, the terminal, and private aviation. Now the sustainability grant will make it possible to consider waste management, energy efficiency, and ways in which the field can reduce its carbon footprint. The changes the airfield could make to improve it energy include using alternative power, such as solar panels.

Since the project is complex, airport officials could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for local residents, explaining the current findings and plans for the future.