Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest Receives Environmental Achievement Award

by Rachel Wray 11/1/2011 6:48 PM

The Environmental Achievement award from Airports Council International-North America, which we announced back in September, was presented to the Port at the annual ACI-NA conference in October. The award acknowledged Portland International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and Spokane International Airport for a joint project with Boeing, Alaska Airlines, Washington State University, and Climate Solutions to evaluate opportunities associated with developing a renewable aviation fuels industry in the Pacific Northwest. Here’s a picture from the award ceremony, with the Port’s aviation director Steve Schreiber in the center. And don't miss great coverage of this project in the Idaho Statesman.

Port HQ Receives BEST Award

by Rachel Wray 4/19/2011 11:43 AM

The Port of Portland was thrilled to receive the Green Building Award at the City of Portland’s 19th annual Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Awards Breakfast. The awards were presented by the BEST Business Center and City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

The BEST Awards recognize organizations demonstrating a commitment to excellence in sustainable business practices. The Port was in fine company: other winners included the Portland Trail Blazers/Rose Quarter, Coffee Bean International, DeSantis Landscapes, Barbur Storage, Doubletree Hotel, and B-Line Sustainable Urban Delivery.

The Port’s award recognized the green building techniques that went into our new headquarters building. Mayor Sam Adams cited the building’s water and energy conservation measures, including the Living Machine Wastewater Treatment System. Greg Sparks, engineering project development manager with the Port, thanked the crowd for the recognition and noted that the building couldn’t have been built without the support and vision of countless people, from Port leadership to talented firms to the hundreds of employees who show up for work each day at the building.

Port Wins State of Oregon Sustainability Award

by Rachel Wray 4/14/2011 1:49 PM

The fourth annual Oregon Sustainability Awards were announced yesterday at the Future Energy conference, held in Portland. Governor John Kitzhaber gave the conference’s keynote address before he and Secretary of State Kate Brown presented awards to organizations that have taken dramatic and comprehensive steps to incorporate sustainability into their operations.

The Port was thrilled to win in the government category, and Steve Schreiber, aviation director for the Port, was there to accept the award. In her introduction, Kate Brown, who also chairs the Oregon Sustainability Board, talked about the Port’s new headquarters building and programs we’ve implemented to conserve energy throughout our aviation and marine operating areas. When she mentioned the Port’s purchase of 100 percent certified renewable power, the audience, made up of people working in the renewable energy field, erupted in spontaneous applause.

Congratulations to our co-recipients Burgerville, Northwoods Nursery/One Green World, and a joint award for Corvallis School District, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, and First Alternative Co-op.

Brownfield Redevelopment Project Honored at National Conference

by Rachel Wray 4/8/2011 3:00 PM

Great news out of Philadelphia: Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park (TRIP) earned the national Phoenix Award Grand Prize for excellence at the Brownfields 2011 conference on April 6. The award honors the Port and partners Alcoa and FedEx Ground for revitalizing the former home of an aluminum smelter in east Multnomah County to productive use.

The Port and our partners were notified in February that TRIP was selected as a Phoenix Award winner from the Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska region. The project was then awarded the top honor from a group of 10 projects located across the country – each representing a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency region.

Created in 1997, the Phoenix Awards recognize those working to transform blighted and contaminated areas to productive new uses and sustainable development projects. Finalists are selected by a panel that includes environmental professionals, government officials, and business leaders who consider the magnitude of the project, innovative approaches, solutions to regulatory and social issues, and impacts on the community.

The sucess of TRIP was made possible by the dedication of countless individuals and entities, many of whom are shown below, left to right: Dan Opalski, USEPA Region 10; Michael Krancer, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection; Mark Stiffler, Alcoa; Tom Murphy, Urban Land Institute and former Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA; Joe Mollusky, Port of Portland; Mathy Stanislaus, EPA Assistant Administrator of Solid Waste and Emergency Response; Gil Wistar of Oregon DEQ; and Mike Williams of Oregon Business Development Department.