VALE grant keeps passengers moving with lower emissions

by Lisa Timmerman 7/31/2014 2:09 PM

Portland International Airport's shuttle bus fleet will continue to be entirely powered by cleaner burning compressed natural gas thanks to a Voluntary Airport Low Emission Program grant awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration. The grant money will be used to purchase six CNG buses that transport airport passengers and employees from the terminal to parking and rental car facilities.

The grant was announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx yesterday. “[The] announcement supports President Obama’s efforts to reduce carbon pollution and increase the deployment of cleaner, alternative fuel technologies,” said Secretary Foxx. “It complements broad efforts across the FAA to expand the development and use of new technologies for aviation fuels that will benefit human health and the environment.”

 

The FAA began the VALE program in 2005 to help airport sponsors meet their air quality responsibilities under the Clean Air Act. The program also supports the objectives of the President's Climate Action Plan. “We applaud Portland International Airport’s efforts to become a better steward of the environment,” FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta said. “This project will allow the airport to realize immediate emission-reduction benefits for the airport and surrounding communities.”

  

For more information, visit the VALE website.

 

 

Port waste travels with a lighter footprint

by Lisa Timmerman 2/5/2013 12:52 PM

Gresham Sanitary Services provides waste hauling services for the Port of Portland, and it became the state’s first trash hauler to use compressed natural gas in its vehicles in 2011. At that time, GSS had introduced a front load CNG truck to its fleet, which it used to haul Port composting, recycling and garbage. GSS recently added a CNG roll-off truck to its fleet. Roll-off trucks are used to pick up large drop box containers, such as those located in our rental car quick turnaround facility (pictured below). The addition of the new CNG truck means that all of the Port's waste gets hauled to transfer stations using cleaner burning alternative fuel. 

 

“We are proud to continue raising our commitment to sustainability by increasing our CNG fleet and pleased to be able to provide 100 percent CNG sanitary service to Port facilities,” says GSS General Manager, Matt Miller.

At the Port, we continuously look for ways to reduce air emissions from our operations and commend GSS for making this commitment to reducing emissions from their fleet vehicles.