Massport’s Agency-Wide 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.
Massport has released a Sustainability Management Plan for Boston Logan Airport.
Sustainable Design Standards and Guidelines
The Sustainable Design Standards and Guidelines were developed to ensure that sustainable design and construction objectives are appropriately incorporated into the implementation of Massport’s Capital Program. Intended for use by architects, engineers, and planners working on capital projects for Massport, these standards apply to both new construction and rehabilitation projects where LEED certification is not achievable. One notable aspect of the SDSG’s is the requirement that all projects meet a design standard of energy use 20% below existing energy code.
LEED-Certified Buildings at Boston Logan
It is a transformational time for the 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.
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 first airport terminal in the world to be LEED certified
At Massport, we are working on several fronts to address the challenge of making our facilities more resilient to future man-made and natural catastrophes. Using the combined strategies of decisive convening, robust research, capital improvements and planning, education, and operational preparedness, we are poised to reach our goals of improving resiliency for overall infrastructure and operations and restoring operations during and after disruptive events in a safe and economically viable time frame. View the Resiliency webpage for more details on our program.
ISO 14001 Certification and Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001 certification is focused on minimizing harmful effects to the environment caused by Massport’s activities, and achieving continual environmental performance improvement. ISO certificated facilities get renewed every three years.
ISO certification is one element of Massport’s comprehensive strategy to ensure that all Massport facilities are operated in an environmentally sound and responsible manner. An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a tool that enables an organization to control the impacts of its activities and services on the environment. The EMS initiatives support Massport’s overall corporate goal of becoming a sustainable organization.
View Massport’s Environmental Management Policy
ISO 14001 Certified Facilities
- Hanscom Field (Initial certification in 2001)
- Conley Terminal (Initial certification in 2003)
- Logan Airport – Facilities (Initial certification in 2006)
Energy Management and Efficiency
Energy use is a critical aspect of airport operations, and energy conservation and renewable energy generation yield numerous economic and environmental benefits. Given the scope of Massport’s operations, there are substantial opportunities for Massport and its tenants to improve energy performance. Massport has made reducing energy use in its facilities a priority. New construction and renovation projects have focused on energy conservation efforts and the installation of renewable energy sources.
More information on Massport’s energy efficiency initiatives will be available soon.
Waste Reduction and Recycling
Massport’s sustainability goals for waste management are to reduce waste generation, increase the recycling rate, and utilize environmentally preferable materials, all of which can provide cost, operational, and environmental savings.
Massport’s agency-wide recycling program began in 2005. Increasing the recycling rate and reducing the amount of waste generated remains an opportunity area for Massport at Logan Airport. In 2009, Massport achieved a near-100 percent diversion rate for construction and demolition material, such as dry wall, wood, asphalt, brick, and concrete. In 2013, Massport implemented a single-stream recycling program, which includes the collection of mixed paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminum, and glass in one receptacle. Going forward, Massport has set an aggressive target of a 20 percent recycling rate by 2016.