Port Environmental Management


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Port Environmental Management

Investing in Sustainability. In 2010, the Port completed a new
consolidated office building and parking garage at Portland International
Airport. The new building showcases both tried-and-true and state-of-the-
art green building techniques designed to reduce water and energy use,
improve indoor air quality, and minimize waste. The building reflects the
spirit behind the Port’s Sustainable Natural Resources Policy, adopted in
2009 as a companion to the Port’s ongoing environmental management

Integrating Natural Resources Protection. Port facilities are managed
with an emphasis on natural resource stewardship and habitat connectivity.
The PDX Wildlife Hazard Management Program employs non-lethal control
of native species. An aggressive invasive species program is in place for
both marine and aviation divisions. The Port has partnered with others on
macroinvertebrate studies and on developing five acres of streaked horned
lark habitat in North Portland to protect this species of concern. The Port
manages over 730 acres in its mitigation program, including the award-
winning Vanport Wetlands.

Conserving, Protecting Water. The Port’s Water Resources program
focuses on reducing water use and enhancing water quality. At T-6,
stormwater is managed through porous pavement and bioswales. Irrigation
systems use real-time meteorological data to determine watering needs. At
the PDX terminal, low-flush toilets have dramatically reduced water usage,
while an enhanced aircraft deicing system will treat deicing runoff on-site.

Reducing Fuel Usage and Emissions. The Port maintains an extensive
inventory of emissions related to Port operations. Alternative and hybrid
fuel vehicles complement the Port’s fleet, and all PDX shuttle buses run on
compressed natural gas. Ultra-low sulfur diesel and B20 blend of biodiesel
are used in construction and container handling equipment. New reach
stackers at Terminal 6 have anti-idling features, while changes to the truck
gates at T-6 and the PDX parking lot systems have dramatically reduced
vehicle idling times. The Port purchases 100 percent certified renewable
energy credits. Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt sits on the Governor’s
Commission on Global Warming. The Port’s strategic plan considers how
climate change will influence Port operations in the future.

Reducing, Reusing, Recycling. The Port’s Waste Management and
Recycling program helps airport tenants and airlines recycle glass,
cardboard, aluminum cans, plastic, and paper. Over 20 PDX
concessionaires participate in a pre- and post-consumer food waste
diversion program, sending tons of food waste from the PDX terminal to
become rich, reusable compost.

Helping to Clean Up Portland Harbor. The Port participates in an effort
to study contaminated sediment in the Willamette River, a portion of which
was declared a Superfund site in 2000. The Environmental Protection
Agency-led investigation focuses on cleanup of the harbor. The project
reached a major milestone in 2009, with the completion of the draft
remedial investigation.
The Port of Portland’s mission
to provide worldwide
transportation access is only
complete if we also enhance
the region’s quality of life.
The Port’s Environmental
Policy challenges all staff to
integrate natural resources
stewardship and meaningful
environmental programs into
the business of operating
marine and aviation facilities.

In addition to responsible
day-to-day management, the
Port pursues annual
environmental objectives and
targets to help reduce our
environmental footprint.
These projects are developed
by employees, who are
encouraged to look for ways
the Port can go beyond
compliance and integrate
sustainable measures into
our operating areas.

Learn more about Port
environmental programs at

Martha Richmond,
Media Affairs Manager,