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ACRP Project 02-99 Incorporating Environmental Justice and Equity Principles and Data into Airport Decision-Making Edited

Research Field: Environment

Allocation: $400,000

Historically, environmental justice has focused on ensuring that disadvantaged populations do not bear a disproportionate burden of the negative environmental impacts of projects, and that these communities are meaningfully included in planning and public outreach. While these goals remain important, there is increased emphasis on ensuring that infrastructure investments,... more »

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ACRP Project 02-98 Airport Energy Resiliency Primer and Roadmap trending idea Edited

Research Field: Environment

Allocation: $1,200,000

Airports are facing increasing challenges and opportunities as they strive to achieve environmental goals, increase energy resiliency, and meet the quickly evolving energy needs of their customers. For example, gas-fired central utility plants typically create the majority of greenhouse gas emissions under an airport's control, and some airports are exploring converting... more »

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ACRP Project 02-97 Update to ACRP Airport Environmental Reports 11, 43, 147, and 160 Edited

Research Field: Environment

Allocation: $650,000

Airports face significant and evolving environmental issues, and nearly one third of ACRP's research has been related to the topic. To ensure that ACRP's environmental products reflect changes in technology, regulations, and practice, the program undertook a systematic product review to identify those most in need of updating. Among those listed, the following products... more »

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ACRP Project 01-52 Championing the Airport System--Challenging the Paradigm

Research Field: Administration

Allocation: $690,000

U.S. airports provide safe and reliable facilities for aircraft operations and contribute significant benefits to the economy. Aviation demand continues to grow; technology continues to advance at an increasingly rapid pace; aging infrastructure needs to be replaced and upgraded; and new safety and security protocols need to be incorporated. Yet the funding mechanisms... more »

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ACRP Project 01-51 Improving Airport Organizational Practices to Enhance ACDBE/DBE Participation Edited

Research Field: Administration

Allocation: $400,000

Airports have a desire to increase diversity among their concessionaires and other contractors, and U.S. DOT's Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) regulations, as described in 49 CFR Part 23, require many airports to set ACDBE participation goals. Interstate certification regulations as described in 49 CFR Part 26.85 are designed to reduce... more »

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ACRP Project 01-50 Data Protection and Privacy Management Guidelines for Airports Edited

Research Field: Administration

Allocation: $350,000

Airports are collecting and processing a large amount of data from travelers, including personal identification, medical records (e.g., COVID-19-related), and biometric information. In addition, airports need to comply with an increasing number of data protection and privacy regulations, and there is a risk of potential penalties stemming from noncompliance. An initial... more »

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Review and Update of ACRP Policy & Planning Products In Reserve

The airport industry is very dynamic, due to changes in technology, regulations, and travel behavior.  Recognizing this, ACRP has developed a process for systematically reviewing its research products to identify those in need of update.  This proposed project would fund a review of ACRP's Policy & Planning products and conduct research to update those most in need of it.

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Airport Communicable Disease Response Plan (CDRP) Evaluation Recycling Bin

Airport communicable disease response plans (CDRPs) may not be scalable based on differing airport size and resources and do not currently meet the needs of ally key partners of Ports of Entry (PoEs).

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Legal Aspects of Airport Programs

Legal Considerations for Airports Responding to Pandemics

The recent COVID 19 pandemic put a spotlight on the challenges facing airports in preparing to address pandemics in the future. State and local governments own and operate many of the airports in the U.S. and airports are like cities in many respects. In responding to potential pandemics, airports would benefit from developing strategies for addressing the federalist system in public health governance. The risk of future... more »

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Compliance With, and Best Practices For, Civil Rights Requirements Applicable to Federally Funded Airports

This would provide airports with a survey of civil rights and other related laws applicable to airports, including Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)/Airport Concession DBE, the Americans With Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The digest would include benchmarking best practices for airports in complying with such laws, such as for minority and disadvantaged... more »

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Cultural and Social Behavior Shifts Towards the Touchless Journey

The "touchless journey" results in significant changes that have been long-coming, but is now on an accelerated path resulting from the pandemic. Depending on the nature of the individual, new (especially technology) solutions bring both satisfaction and fear - all of which bring out a growing need for research and guidance on cultural and social behavioral shifts.

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Establishing Metrics to Safely Restart Aviation Post COVID-19

ACI and IATA recently issued guidance on restarting the aviation industry post-COVID-19. However, there is currently no single measure that could mitigate all the risks of restarting air travel. ACI and IATA suggest that an effective implementation should be an outcome based and layered approach, and a range of measures as the most effective way of balancing risk mitigation with the need to unlock economies and to enable... more »

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Flight Shaming and the Impacts of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Flying Local In Reserve

Flight shaming, a social pressure more common in Europe, may gain traction in the United States under a new administration focused on environmental sustainability. With air travel for tourism being the main target, the flight shaming movement could ultimately negatively impact air service and economic recovery, especially in small communities. Airports that have historically relied on the leisure traveler to boost passenger... more »