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Welcome to the Virginia Airports Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) web page. DOAV began development of a statewide SMP for the 66 public-use airports in Virginia in January 2015. As one of the first states in the nation to develop a statewide SMP, DOAV is a leader in guiding Virginia airports to undertake tailored sustainability planning to meet their local priorities, needs, and abilities while reflecting each airport’s contribution to economic viability, system efficiency, natural resource conservation, and social responsibility.

While adoption of the SMP resources is voluntary, airports that use them will experience the following benefits:

  1. Financial savings through more efficient operations and reduced maintenance costs
  2. Better communication and improved relationships with neighboring communities
  3. Increased competitiveness
  4. Reduced environmental impact and compliance risk

For DOAV, “sustainability” is a strategic approach to airport planning, development, asset management, and resource protection – including financial, environmental, community-relations, and other factors – that prioritizes current operational needs while best preparing Virginia’s airports for continued success in the future. Several airports in Virginia are already successfully integrating sustainability into their master planning process and daily operations, through projects such as LED light replacements, conversion of shuttles to compressed natural gas, participation in community events, and economic diversification.

Incorporating sustainability considerations into airport planning, operations, and development provides airports with opportunities to examine and improve processes in multiple areas beyond traditional approaches. The most direct benefits are typically related to environmental resources and the cost savings and effectiveness associated with reductions in energy use, water use, and waste generation. Significant opportunities also exist in organizational improvements, innovative funding, resiliency and risk management, and improved community relations.

The SMP is made up of two parts:  the SMP Statewide Framework and the SMP Supplements. The Framework presents the overall vision for airport sustainability in the Commonwealth and recommends sustainability categories for each airport’s consideration, while the Supplements provide airport operators with user-friendly, practical resources by airport type/size tier to help them advance sustainability efforts while minimizing added burden on busy personnel and limited airport resources. The resources and tools included in the SMP are free to airport operators, simple to use, and available electronically at the bottom of this page.

There is one Supplement for each airport type/size tier, as categorized within the SMP: (1) Commercial Service; (2) Reliever and GA Regional; and (3) GA Community and Local Service. There are suggested sustainability goals, metrics, targets, and initiatives for each airport type/size tier, so an airport can select those they are most interested in pursuing. In addition, the SMP provides practical tools to help with sustainability planning and implementation. These tools include a Utility Performance Tracking Tool specifically designed for this project, which enables airports to easily track electricity, natural gas, and water use on a monthly and annual basis. In addition to tracking, the tool contains a “Goal Log” where the user can provide narrative around their usage, goals set by the airport, and progress toward achieving those goals. Other resources provided within the SMP are guidance documents focused on stakeholder engagement and funding opportunities to support SMP initiatives.

A statewide Steering Council was assembled to help guide the SMP development process, and to ensure that the plan produced was feasible for implementation. The Steering Council members included stakeholders from each airport type/size tier as well as representatives from FAA, DOAV, and from industry and other stakeholder groups.

Steering Council membership



Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV)

Cliff Burnette, Rusty Harrington, Michael Swain

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Jeffrey Breeden

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Sharon Baxter

Virginia Aviation Business Association (VABA)

David Young

Commercial Service – Newport News-Williamsburg Airport (PHF)

Ken Spirito (previously Ted Kitchens)

Commercial Service – Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA)

Diana Lewis

Reliever / Regional – Chesterfield County Airport (FCI)

Jeremy Wilkinson

Reliever / Regional – Accomack County Airport (MFV)

Barbara Haxter

Community / Local – New Kent County Airport (W96)

Duane Goss

Community / Local – Orange County Airport (OMH)

Buzz Jarrell





Learn more about this initiative and share your thoughts on the future of the Virginia Airports Sustainability Management Plan. Whether you work in the aviation industry, use airports for travel, or own a business that depends on aviation, DOAV wants your input.