Supporting local communities and business partners is a key component of the Aviation Department’s culture. Phoenix Sky Harbor is known as America’s Friendliest Airport® and that motto guides the Aviation Department’s efforts to enhance social sustainability.
The Aviation Department is proud of its past work with communities and business partners. One example includes the now-ended Community Noise Reduction Program (CNRP) that reduced the impacts of aircraft noise on communities surrounding Phoenix Sky
Harbor. During its 20-year history that concluded in 2016, the program acquired properties affected by airport noise and insulated private and community spaces.
Outreach also involves extensive participation in neighborhood events. Other key outreach achievements include:
- Offering educational programs for community leaders, such as the Aviation Academy and Speakers Bureau Programs
- Developing operation and communication plans to support passenger well-being when travel disruptions and other difficulties arise
- Building excellent relationships with tenants and other airport business partners
The Aviation Department plays a positive, active role in the Phoenix community. The Aviation Department provides aviation industry training for business leaders, conducts extensive noise mitigation outreach to neighborhoods around Phoenix Sky Harbor, and works with a local pilot to provide classes for the general public to address the fear of flying.
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The Aviation Department Public Relation Division works with local high schools to bring real-world airport applications of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to students. STEM is a national education priority, and airports serve as examples of science and technology in action.
The Aviation Department’s Sustainability Management Plan expands business partner outreach efforts to support the sustainability goals of its corporate partners.
Many of these partners already have programs in place to recycle waste, conserve water, improve energy efficiency, and provide community service opportunities for their staff.