Degree Name

Master of Public Administration

Department or Program

Public Administration


Crespi, Angela


Sustainable policies affect the future of the environment. Airports across the country are focusing on sustainable airport planning to create a sustainable future for aviation by concentrating on the economic, social, and environmental impacts of aviation. Research is conducted through a literature review of sustainable airport planning and conducting a case study of Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Trends relating to sustainable airport planning are described, as well as current and future trends at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Sources include the City of Chicago’s Department of Aviation and the Federal Aviation Administration, along with other books and scholarly articles. Chicago O’Hare International Airport is a leader in sustainable airport planning through the O’Hare Modernization Program and the Sustainable Airport Manual. Economics play a key role in sustainable airport planning.