Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport will use a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to create a plan for a more environmentally-friendly facility.
The FAA Thursday said it granted three Ohio airports more than $500,000 to be used for the initiatives — Akron-Canton Regional, Dayton-Wright Brothers and Kent State University airports.
The airports are expected to use the money for projects that can promote recycling and help reduce noise and water usage, improve air quality and reduce emissions from ground-based vehicles.
Dayton will get $180,000 and use it to create a master plan for the green initiatives, Director of Aviation Terry Slaybaugh said.
Consultant VHB Inc. of Orlando, Fla., will complete the study, Slaybaugh said.
It should be completed within 18 months. A environmental study is already underway for Dayton International Airport that will be completed in spring 2014. Among the ideas that have been discussed include planting prairie grass on some airport properties.
Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport, 10550 N, Springboro Pike, is for general aviation and is the reliever airport for Dayton International. Both are owned by the city of Dayton.
The airport in North Canton received $234,000, and Kent State’s facility was awarded more than $102,000.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement said the grants will help protect the health of the local communities that the airports serve.