2022 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Rikki Scantlan, ENV SP

Dec. 13, 2022
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Rikki Scantlan spent the last five years as an aviation planner and an environment specialist at RS&H. She began her career in aviation planning where she had direct experience preparing airport master plans and airport layout plans for numerous airports nationwide.

Within RS&H’s Environmental Stewardship and Resiliency group, Scantlan worked internally and externally to demonstrate the benefits of environmental compliance, sustainability management and resilience planning services to airports nationwide from small non-hubs to large international hubs.

“Airports are hubs for innovation. I've seen some awesome ways that aviation has advanced in sustainability,” she said. “One of my favorite things about being a sustainability-focused aviation consultant is helping come up with those solutions to meet their like goals in terms of development and operations in a way that reduces their impact on the environment and also on the communities where they live.”

She demonstrates leadership in aviation sustainability rating systems building on her Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) credential from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision Framework to expand the understanding of the value of Envision to airports as well as helping develop a programmatic approach to Envision for airports with multiple development projects or programs.

As an ENV SP, Scantlan led and assisted in the preparation of several Envision verification packages, resulting in significant sustainability improvements for airport infrastructure projects and is providing training and guidance to airport staff on the programmatic approach to Envision.

She also was a critical participant in one of the first airport climate change resilience and initial action plans for a highly vulnerable coastal airport in the U.S.

Scantlan is a member of several aviation industry organizations including American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), Airport Consultants Council, and Airports Council International (ACI) where she often speaks about airport sustainability and resilience.

With ACI, she actively participates in the Sustainability Working Group. Rikki has presented at AAAE South Central Annual Conference (2021), Texas Commercial Airport Association Annual Conference (2021), Michigan Airports Association Annual Conference (2022) and the Ohio Aviation Association Annual Conference (2022).

She recently relocated to Indianapolis to support RS&H’s growth in the Midwest and to provide sustainability consulting to the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA). She plays a key role on the team supporting IAA in the development of the first Airport Sustainability Management Plan that incorporates both climate and non-climate related resilience.