Still porous after all these years

by Lisa Timmerman 8/13/2014 4:43 PM
The Portland metropolitan region leads the nation in innovative solutions for managing stormwater. It's common to see bioswales installed in curb strips across the city and traditional impervious pavement is more often being replaced with alternatives that allow stormwater to filter through the surface. So, it's not surprising that last week the city of Portland hosted StormCon, an annual conference that draws stormwater management professionals from across the country to learn and share best practices and the latest developments in the field. The conference culminated with a tour of stormwater facilities at the Port of Portland and the Port of Vancouver. [More]

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. [More]

Green initiatives at airports and seaports

by Lisa Timmerman 7/3/2014 3:45 PM
Interested in learning about the latest and greatest developments in the green initiatives at airports and seaports? The information is at your fingertips thanks to two research papers that highlight green initiatives across the United States and the world. [More]

Bike to PDX with the Wheels to Wings Ride

by Lisa Timmerman 6/11/2014 9:47 AM
It's June and that means it's time once again for Portland's three-week celebration of all things bike - Pedalpalooza! Did you know that you can ride your bike to Portland International Airport? [More]

Joining the ranks and sustaining partnerships

by Lisa Timmerman 6/10/2014 8:52 AM
The Port of Portland participated for the first time this year in the Oregon Business magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon sixth annual survey which ranks workplaces according to anonymous employee responses and an assessment of stated employer benefits. The Port came in at #58 in the 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon category. [More]

Celebrating the environment through art

by Lisa Timmerman 5/21/2014 9:53 AM
April may have been host to Earth Day, but May is a great month to celebrate the environment through arts and culture! The Port of Portland is proud to sponsor this year's edition of Honoring Our Rivers. The anthology of essays, poems, photography and artwork includes submissions from students across the state of Oregon and reflects how they feel connected to local waterways. The publication is an annual project of the Willamette Partnership. [More]

Changes in the short-term garage come to light

by Lisa Timmerman 4/16/2014 1:37 PM
Visitors to Portland International Airport are seeing the short-term parking garage in a whole new light. Since the late 1980s, the garage had been illuminated with high pressure sodium light bulbs. These are the same types of bulbs that are widely used for street lamps and emit an orange-colored glow... [More]

Five years of carbon footprint reporting yields impressive results

by Lisa Timmerman 3/12/2014 4:29 PM
The Port of Portland just marked its fifth year reporting to The Climate Registry. The Port became a founding greenhouse gas emissions reporter of TCR in 2008, primarily in response to an ambitious goal set by the Port’s Commission to reduce the Port’s GHG emissions by 15 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. [More]

To fly or to drive? Energy intensity data provides some insight

by Lisa Timmerman 2/3/2014 9:01 AM
Ever wondered whether it's more fuel efficient to fly or drive over long distances? The answer isn't always straightforward and involves a number of factors, as well as personal choices and preferences. A recent article from The Atlantic offers an explanation based on data recently collected by University of Michigan professor, Michael Sivak. [More]

Behind the Scenes: PDX Wildlife Team keeps passengers safe

by Lisa Timmerman 1/24/2014 9:28 AM
Nick Atwell and his team are much more than your average birdwatchers. They manage a comprehensive program that keeps passengers at Portland International Airport safe and relies on the best available research, techniques and technology. PDX has one of the most robust airport wildlife management programs in the nation, and for good reason. [More]