Lighting the way with efficiency

by appell 9/15/2015 9:04 AM

How do you reduce energy consumption at a port? Look at the lights. Fall 2015 marks the beginning of a two-year project to invest in new energy efficient LED lighting across Port facilities. While new lighting may seem like a small change, it adds up to big energy savings.  The new upgrades will reduce power consumption – saving 1,020 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually!

The project converts old lighting to new LED lighting, swapping them out on existing poles at marine terminals, Portland International Airport (PDX) parking lots, roadways and maintenance facilities.  The new lighting affects over 80acres of parking lot and 30acres of roadway and includes wireless lighting control capabilities.

LED stands for Light-Emitting Diode, and they use 60% less energy than traditional lighting. LEDs are tiny! How small? The size of a pin tip, or only a few millimeters. Their lamp life is three to four times longer, reducing maintenance and waste.

LEDs can also illuminate more targeted areas, preventing light pollution. In designing upgrades at the Port, engineers conducted a photometric analysis evaluating the illumination “footprint” to make sure lights brighten only the needed areas.

Bright white LED light also provides safety advantages for roadways and public parking lots. For example, it won’t be so hard to find a red car at night as their light quality mimics daylight, making colors easier to distinguish. 

The Port’s energy efficiency upgrades link to a broader strategy to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions across all facilities. The project supports the Port’s 2020 aggressive goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to less than 15% of 1990 levels.

Stay tuned as the Port’s environmental programs implement more conservation projects to achieve environmental objectives and targets.

For more information on installing LED lights at your own home, visit the U.S. Department of Energy website:

Port of Portland airports help lead the way for carbon accounting in North America

by timmel 3/2/2015 10:50 AM

Portland International Airport, Hillsboro Airport and Troutdale Airport are now certified through the Airports Carbon Accreditation program, making them the fourth, fifth and sixth airports in North America to achieve the status. 

The program was launched by the European region of Airports Council International in 2009. It provides a framework for airports to commit to reducing carbon emissions from their operations with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral. Port of Portland, which owns and operates Portland, Hillsboro and Troutdale airports, signed on as an early adopter in 2014 for the program’s initial expansion to North America. The Port airports now join Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, Victoria International Airport, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in obtaining the certification.

The Port brings a wealth of experience in carbon accounting to this new process. As part of its commitment to promoting clean air and reducing impacts to global climate change, the Port signed on as a founding reporter to The Climate Registry in 2008. The Port has reported greenhouse gas emissions organization-wide in each subsequent year. In 2009, the Port committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 – a goal already achieved and surpassed. Through a suite of actions, the Port has reduced greenhouse gas emissions to about 65 percent below 1990 levels.

Substantial reductions have come through the Port’s purchase of renewable energy certificates for 100 percent of its electricity consumption. That covers power use at major facilities such as PDX, which serves nearly 44,000 air travelers on an average day.  

Simultaneously, the Port is systematically investing in energy efficiency and conservation projects. Since 2010, lighting upgrades and retrofits to heating, cooling and ventilation systems at Port facilities resulted in a combined savings of 13,325 metric tons of carbon and 15.7 million kilowatt hours annually. The Port’s fleet of shuttle buses, which deliver passengers and employees between the airport terminal and parking areas around-the-clock, run entirely on cleaner-burning compressed natural gas.

The Airports Carbon Accreditation program is specific to airports and champions the voluntary and collective efforts of airports worldwide to guide and support continual improvement. The program has attracted the support of key institutions in air transportation such as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The Port now joins over 100 other leading airports across the world, in the most credible and internationally-recognized framework for active carbon management at airports.

Five years of carbon footprint reporting yields impressive results

by timmel 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 wrayr 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 wrayr 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 wrayr 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 wrayr 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!