Massport’s Sustainable Achievements and Initiatives
Massport has implemented a whole host of sustainability initiatives from building LEED standard terminals to running a fleet of alternative fueled buses to opening neighborhood parks. As Massport continues to prepare for increasing passengers, its sustainability initiatives have reduced greenhouse gas emissions, protected our buildings and infrastructure against future storms, increased waste diversion, conserved water, installed passenger and community amenities, and generated renewable energy on site.
As a result of our innovative sustainability programs, the effect of Massport’s facilities on the surrounding environment has been dramatically lessened even as a record 31.6 million passengers passed through the Airport in 2014. With an average of more than 86,670 passengers per day in 2014, Logan Airport was ranked the 18th busiest airport in the United States.
Green Building at Boston Logan Airport
It is a transformational time for the Boston Logan Airport. Sixty percent of Logan Airport’s buildings and facilities have been newly built, renovated, or received energy conservation retrofits since 2004. Massport has incorporated U.S. Green Building Council LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building goals where feasible in new building projects to ensure that these new facilities are meeting the highest standards.
It is more important than ever that Massport build off its past successes and continue to reduce its impact on the environment and prepare for future changes.
LEED-Certified Buildings at Boston Logan Airport
- Rental Car Center – LEED-Gold (2015)
- Green Bus Depot – LEED-Silver (2014)
- Signature Flight Support General Aviation Facility– LEED-Certified (2008)
- Terminal A - LEED-Certified (2006) is the first airport terminal in the world to be LEED certified
- 2014 Best of Boston Award - Best Green Space, Piers Park
Environmental Business Council of New England 2015 John S. McGlennon Environmental – Energy Award for Corporate Leadership
Airports Going Green Award 2015 – Received in recognition of Massport’s Conservation Moorings Program and Airport Sustainability Leadership
American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts Award 2014 – Engineering Excellence: Received in recognition of the new Rental Car Center and its many sustainable features
Associated General Contractors of America Award - 2013 Build New England Awards Program – Merit Award: in recognition of the Terminal B parking garage structural repairs, lighting replacement, and roadway rehabilitation.
Construction Management Association of America Award – 2013 Building Project of the Year – Renovation/Modernization: in recognition of the Terminal C checkpoint consolidation and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning improvements
Sustainable Initiatives and Policies
Massport’s agency-wide initiatives and policies provide a foundation for sustainability achievement at all of our facilities.
- In addition to Massport’s LEED requirements for building projects, all new projects must meet Massport’s Sustainability Design Standards and Guidelines.
- Massport has adopted an Environmental Management Policy and has ISO 14001 certifications for multiple facilities with Massport.
- Waste reduction through recycling has been improving since Massport went to single-stream recycling in 2013.
- All new projects are required to invest in energy efficiency by meeting a standard of 20% below existing energy code. Massport continues to invest in energy efficiency projects at existing terminals and buildings authority wide to meet energy reduction goals.
Renewable Energy Generation at Massport
Since 2009, Massport has installed 916 kW of renewable energy generation capacity. Visit Renewable Energy at Massport for more information about each installation.
Sustainable Ground Access to Boston Logan Airport
Logan Airport is a national leader in sustainable ground access and has successfully undertaken multiple strategies to increase both High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) travel and the proportion of its passengers and employees accessing the Airport via more sustainable modes. Enhancing access to the Airport via alternate modes has multiple benefits, among them: decreasing congestion, improving local air quality, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and improving the Airport’s efficiency and economic impact.
Visit Greening Ground access to Boston Logan for more information.
Port of Boston Environmental Record
- Massport has made a concerted effort to balance the business needs of Conley Container Terminal with environmental stewardship.
- In 2003, Conley Terminal was the first container terminal in the United States to develop a comprehensive Environmental Management System (EMS), which has been certified (ISO 14001) annually since 2003.
- In 2015, Conley Terminal received a national Breathe Easy Leadership Award for reducing harmful diesel emissions beyond what is required by law.