Sustainable Airport Manual™


The Chicago Department of Aviation is the first in the nation to develop sustainable guidelines for design and construction at airports. The Sustainable Airport Manual was created as an integral part of Chicago’s ongoing efforts toward implementing more environmentally sustainable initiatives across all airport activities.

The SAM®​ is a comprehensive guidance manual created by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) to incorporate and track sustainability in administrative procedures, planning, design and construction, operations and maintenance, and concessions and tenants with minimal impact to project schedules or budgets. The SAM not only guides the implementation of sustainability initiatives at O'Hare and Midway International Airports, it is used by several other airports around the world.

 Download the complete Sustainable Airport Manual v4.0​

Introduction ​[Download Introduction]

The CDA continues to expand its focus to incorporate sustainability initiatives for:

Planning [Download chapter]

Sets the framework for incorporation of sustainability into all airport functions, from initial plans through commissioning and operation, by providing policy guidance, measurable checklists, and case study examples. ​​​

Design & Construction [Download chapter]

Guides the incorporation of sustainability into design and construction of civil-airside, civil-landside, occupied buildings, unoccupied buildings/structures, and major renovations​ in an airport environment.​

Operations & Maintenance [Download chapter]

Guides the incorporation of sustainability into an airport’s everyday activities, with a focus on training, monitoring, reporting and the refinement of Best Management Practices.​​

Terminal Occupants [Download chapter​]

Guides the incorporation of sustainability into the planning, design, construction, and operation of all terminal occupants.​​

Sustainable Airport Manual Appendices


   Appendix PL-A - Planning Checklist

Design & Construction:

​   Appendix DC-A – Green Airplane Rating System for Design & Construction​
  ​ Appendix DC-B - Design and Construction Checklists
   Appendix DC-C – Referenced City of Chicago Specifications and Sta​ndards​
        01111 – Construction Air Quality
              01111 - Equipment Fuel Forms
        01355 – Local/Regional Materials
              01355 - Local/Regional Materials Worksheets
        01356 – Recycled Content 
              01356 - Recycled Content Worksheets
        01360 - Sustainable Temporary Construction Materials ​
               01360 - Sustainable Temporary Construction Materials Wor​ksheets
        01524 – Construction Waste Management
               01524 Construction Waste Management Worksheets​ ​
        02905 – Sustainable Airport Landscaping
        02931 – Seeding and H​ydro-Mulching​
        P-156 Temporary Soil Erosion Control
        T-901 S​ee​ding
   Appendix DC-D – Chicago Department of Aviation Best Management Practices

Operations & Maintenance:

   Appendix OM-A - Green Airplane Rating System for Operations & Maintenance​
   Appendix OM-B - Operation & Maintenance Checklist

Terminal Occupants:

   Appendix TO-A - Green Airplane Rating System for Terminal Occupants 
   Appendix TO-B - Terminal Occupants Checklists​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​