Port partners with Energy Trust of Oregon

by bielem 4/7/2015 11:30 AM


When it comes to saving money through energy efficiency, it pays to learn from the experts. That’s why the Port of Portland is participating in the Energy Trust of Oregon’s Strategic Energy Management program. The cohort-based, two year program has helped organizations such as Intel, the City of Portland and Nike identify energy use behavior changes that routinely lead to significant cost savings.

The Port’s goal: achieve energy savings of 3-5% in seven enrolled buildings within two years. If successful, the Port will receive incentives of $.02 for every kilowatt hour of electrical energy use reduction and $.20 for every therm of natural gas use reduction.

To learn how to meet that target, the Port’s cohort – which includes Metro, Clackamas County, Portland Community College, Mt. Hood Community College and the City of Gresham – participates in monthly conference calls and bi-monthly meetings to learn from the Energy Trust and each other.

To know what to change, the Port first has to more fully understand its current energy usage. A baseline is established by collecting data on the current energy use patterns of participating buildings. Once collected, the data is combed through to find potential opportunities for cost savings.

Part of the program’s business appeal is that its focus is on behavior change, rather than costly new infrastructure or equipment. Once potential energy use changes are identified, the program’s managers at the Port will turn their efforts to communicating the message and generating buy-in among employees. Baselining and data gathering will end in October 2015, from which point the Port will have one year to achieve the 3-5% energy reduction target.

The emphasis on energy efficiency isn’t new to the Port. The Port has been collecting energy use data since 2001 and began its Carbon Reduction Initiative in 2009, with the goal of reducing the Port’s carbon footprint 15% below 1990 levels by 2020. The Port’s LEED Platinum-certified headquarters building features such energy-efficient features as a closed-loop ground source heating and cooling system, and a system that optimizes the use of sunlight for interior lighting.

Franko Martinec, the Port’s liaison with the Energy Trust, is confident the program will be able to successfully build on the Port’s culture of conservation and responsibility, and spread positive environmental impact and financial cost savings throughout Port facilities.

“I have a lot of hope that this information will enlighten us about our energy use and that we’ll be able to use it to teach Port employees and, eventually, tenants and the airlines to more effectively conserve energy.”




PDX featured in GreenPacks Magazine

by linsta 8/7/2012 4:21 PM

We are pleased to find that PDX was featured in this month's GreenPacks Magazine, an environmentally-friendly news magazine read throughout the country. According to GreenPacks, PDX reflects the green nature of Portland, which is considered one of the greenest cities in the world.

Portland International Airport Goes Green

Portland International Airport, Oregon welcomes you with all its vibrant greenness. The airport boasts of a well-kept, maintained and manicured vertical garden which breathes in fresh air into the place. Portland is one of the greenest cities in the world and the airport authorities are quite successful in reflecting the green nature of the place in setting up the airport.

Well, going green is not just confined to these hanging plants in the multi-level parking lot or in setting up the garden. The airport terminal’s roadway is covered by a solar panel-clad glass canopy.

It currently produces about 12,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per year. The airport also has set an example in the area of recycling as well. It runs a successful food waste diversion program that involves several tons of food waste as well as other usual airport wastes like napkins and food-soiled paper.

Portland International Airport has other achievements to add to its credit, apart from its environment consciousness. Conde Nast Traveler magazine named it the top domestic airport for three out of the last four years.

The airport offers free wireless Internet, a good number of shops selling local goods and even the TriMet light rail access to downtown Portland. So if you like shopping and roaming around in an international airport, this is place of must-visit.

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Vertical garden nestled in PDX's multi-level parking structure