Port carbon and energy accounting featured at annual GoGreen conference

by Lisa Timmerman 10/10/2012 9:04 AM

If you are planning to attend the fifth annual GoGreen Portland conference this Thursday at the Left Bank Annex, come check out Port of Portland Facilities Services Division Manager, Franko Martinec presenting about the Port's carbon footprint reduction and energy management strategy. Franko will be joined by Good Company's Aaron Toneys for a workshop entitled, Feet on the Ground or Head in the Clouds? Guidance from the Front Lines of Carbon and Energy Accounting. The session includes an overview of considerations for compiling a carbon footprint inventory and features the Port of Portland as a case study for analyzing opportunities to reduce carbon at an organizational level. 

In 2009, Port of Portland Commissioners adopted a target for the Port to achieve a 15 percent reduction below 1990 carbon levels by 2020. To begin working towards this ambitious goal, the Port created a carbon footprint reduction and energy management master plan. The process culminated in the development of a software tool that allows the Port to identify opportunities for carbon reduction and build portfolios of actions necessary to meet the target. The Port is a founding member of The Climate Registry and has been reporting carbon emissions since 2008. 

 

X Marks the Improved Air Quality Spot

by Rachel Wray 4/19/2011 11:18 AM

When Portland International Airport’s south runway was closed for rehabilitation in early April, the project team prepared to set up “closing crosses” – large, lighted Xs on either end of the runway that alert aircraft pilots that the runway is not available for landing. The crosses, which are approximately 15 feet high, are on 24-hours a day, seven days a week, until the runway reopens to aircraft later this summer.

The typical power sources for runway cross lights are diesel-powered generators. Renee Dowlin, aviation air quality program manager, and Glen Moe, construction contracts manager, realized that the duration of the runway rehabilitation project meant the generators would run upwards of 3,500 hours each between April and August. Instead, they worked with their Port colleagues to run electrical power out to the runway ends, which ultimately connects the lights to cleaner sources of electricity (the Port purchases 100 percent certified renewable energy credits). Further, the crosses are now connected to back-up power, so in the event the electricity went out, they’d remain on to remind pilots that construction is occurring.

The south runway project is a major airfield endeavor, and Port environmental staff has been closely involved behind the scenes. Construction contracts require the use of ultra-low sulfur diesel in construction equipment, while the project team encourages anti-idling measures and is using two new hybrid escort vehicles.