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. 

The Port uses TCR’s robust voluntary GHG reporting program to measure, publicly report and provide third-party verification for the Port’s carbon footprint. TCR is a non-profit organization established to develop a common, accurate and transparent GHG reporting standard in North America. TCR uses internationally recognized GHG measurement standards developed by the World Resources Institute, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the World Business Council on Sustainability.

Based on the initial emissions inventory, the Port adopted a combined approach focusing on energy conservation strategies, replacing and retrofitting older equipment and purchasing renewable power. The Port consistently earns high rankings nationally on the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partner list. The Port now purchases 100 percent renewable power and is currently ranked 25th among 100 percent renewable purchasers and 9th among local government purchasers, with over 75 million kilowatt hours of renewable power certificates.

The inventory has also served as the foundation for the Port’s carbon footprint reduction and energy management strategy which prioritizes projects to increase energy efficiency. Building awareness around the Port’s carbon footprint has delivered real results. Based on data from the 2012 reporting year, the Port had reduced its GHG emissions by an incredible 60 percent below 1990 levels – four times the original goal!

 

Hillsboro Airport Issues Roundtable to Meet on November 2

by Rachel Wray 11/1/2011 6:28 PM

The Hillsboro Airport Issues Roundtable meets Wednesday, November 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Civic Center at 150 E. Main Street in Hillsboro. Please note we're starting an hour later than usual.

Everyone is invited, and public comment is encouraged at the meeting. The agenda includes discussion of Hillsboro Airport's emission inventories and the Port's air quality program and an update on a recent Ninth Circuit Court ruling on the new runway environmental assessment. Please join us!

Hillsboro Open House This Weekend!

by Rachel Wray 10/28/2011 11:49 AM

Help us celebrate more than 80 years of operation as a general aviation airport! That’s right: it’s time for the annual Hillsboro Airport Open House. Come enjoy activities for the whole family, including airfield tours, face painting, games, crafts and a coloring contest. Kids – wear your costumes!

 

Parking is available at the terminal, or take the MAX Blue Line to the Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport Station. Event details:

 

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

3355 NE Cornell Rd. in Hillsboro

HAIR Meets on August 3

by Rachel Wray 7/28/2011 5:57 PM

The Hillsboro Airport Issues Roundtable meets Wednesday, August 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main Street. The meeting agenda includes discussion of Hillsboro Airport’s finances and annual budget, with updates from HAIR members and Port staff on recent community and pilot outreach activities.

 

Everyone is invited, and public comment is encouraged at the meeting. Free parking is available, or take TriMet MAX Blue Line to the Hatfield Government Center stop.

 

In the meantime, check out the expanded HAIR section of the Port website, and send in your suggestions on how to further enhance the site.

Hillsboro Airport Issues Roundtable Meeting on May 4

by Rachel Wray 4/22/2011 10:19 AM

The Hillsboro Airport Issues Roundtable meets Wednesday, May 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the City of Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main Street. Everyone is invited, and public comment is encouraged at the meeting. The meeting agenda includes updates on projects at and construction around the airport, including a new City of Hillsboro fire station, responses to early morning take-offs by a visiting aircraft, and a longer presentation and discussion of Hillsboro Airport’s financial structure. Please join us!