Mr. Thomas Cuddy

Environmental Specialist U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

Thomas Cuddy is an Environmental Protection Specialist at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and serves as the lead for the airport sustainability initiative. In this role, Tom promotes environmental principles and sustainability with industry and international partners through policies, airport infrastructure financing, and research and development.

Over the course of his career, Tom has acquired extensive knowledge of the environmental impacts of aviation ranging from noise and emissions to climate change issues and community involvement. Since 2010, Tom has served on ICAO’s Airports and Operations working group, part of the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP). He has led FAA research studies on the implications of climate policies and market-based scenarios, and has worked with the U.S. Transportation Research Board on projects such as Climate Resilience and Benefit Cost Analysis, and Climate Adaptation Planning: Risk Assessment for Airports. His involvement in emerging technologies includes planning of spaceports and other commercial space transportation facilities, as well as assessments of sustainable alternative jet fuels. He has applied this expertise to special assignments with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and other organizations.

Tom holds a PhD from Columbia University and has worked in the public and private sectors as well as academia. Prior to joining the FAA he worked for ICF International, URS Corporation, and the University of Maryland.