BOSTON – As Earth Day approaches, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) has unveiled its first annual sustainability report for Boston Logan International Airport. Last year Massport announced a comprehensive and ambitious environmental Sustainability Management Plan for Logan Airport, funded by a $1 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. Part of that plan is a commitment to produce an annual report of Logan’s progress. The annual report is available on Massport’s website at
“Massport has the responsibility of being a good neighbor to our affected communities and an environmental steward and we need to make sure that we continue to find new opportunities to balance healthy growth at Logan and the other properties with the commitments we have made,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “These sustainability efforts are important to us and take into account every aspect of Logan, from ground transportation to the equipment our staff uses and we will continue to set goals and measure our progress.”
Some of Massport’s initiatives include:
Solar panels and renewable energy:
Through solar panels and replacing older equipment with more reliable, energy efficient equipment, Massport has increased onsite renewable energy generation by 97% since 2012;
There are 4,100 solar panels combined on Massport property; 3,910 solar panels are at Logan Airport;
The electricity produced is enough to power 125 homes for one year.
A first for Logan, beginning this week there are two liquid recycling stations at the security checkpoint in Terminal C;
This initiative aims to increase recycling while reducing the amount of waste at Logan;
Once passengers dump the liquid into the special bin they can either recycle the container or take it to use again.
Unopened snack donation program:
Since 2014, the airline snack food pilot program has donated more than 21,500 pounds (10.75 tons) of unopened airline snacks to community organizations;
The donations have been distributed to 13 organizations across Boston, East Boston, Revere, and Chelsea. The recipient list includes:
Pine Street Inn
East Boston YMCA
Women’s Lunch Place
West End Food Pantry
Massport’s sustainability goals for Logan Airport are measured annually, with staff reporting to the Massport Board each April on progress and steps that will be taken to ensure success. Staff tracks progress in energy and Greenhouse gas emissions, water conservation and quality, air quality improvement, ground access, noise abatement, natural resource conservation and resiliency for climate change.
Massport’s goals include reducing:
Greenhouse gas emissions from Logan facility buildings by 40% by 2020;
Overall energy consumption by 25% by 2020;
Waste generation per passenger by 2% per year through 2030;
Completing a number of resiliency studies and enhancing all critical assets with climate change resiliency over the next 10 years.