Pursuing Innovation With A National Leader: Port of Portland/PDX

In January 2016, Tomolla was awarded a five-year, on-call contract to provide expertise and assistance with non-hazardous materials management and support waste minimization, recycling, and re-use programs at Portland International Airport and Port of Portland facilities. The contract, which will continue on an ongoing basis until November 2020, covers multiple aspects of materials management, including: assessing and pursuing options for treatment, disposal, waste reduction, reuse and repurposing, recycling, salvage and commoditization of certain materials.  Tomolla will also design and perform studies and collect and analyze data to support decisions regarding waste minimization, management, and determine cost reduction opportunities as directed by the Port of Portland.


Comprehensive Materials Tracking for Construction of Atlantic Aviation’s New Fixed Based Operator Facility (FBO)

Tomolla worked with Tigard-based Centrex Construction to monitor and track all waste and recycling generated as part of the construction of Atlantic Aviation’s new state-of-the-art 72,000 square-foot facility at PDX. Tomolla began collecting data at ground breaking and continued throughout the duration of construction, ultimately capturing a broad-based overview of total material volume and composition related to the new facility. The information gathered is among the largest data sets of its kind and the insight gained from this process may be used to benchmark future construction-related waste and recycling initiatives at the Port and their surrounding properties. The FBO facility was constructed on 12 acres of port-owned land on Northeast Airport Way, and finished in February 2017.

Materials Management Program Development for Atlantic Aviation’s New Fixed Based Operator Facility (FBO)

To optimize performance of Atlantic Aviation’s new FBO at PDX, the Port sought Tomolla’s assistance in the development of a progressive materials management program at the new facility. Oversight and management of data collection, waste pathing, and waste infrastructure design have been completed, resulting in a system based on the needs of the current Atlantic facility and lessons learned from the Comprehensive Materials Tracking Project. Tomolla utilized this information to design an improved materials management program, create new corporate sustainability marketing opportunities and recommend specific operations changes for the new Atlantic Aviation FBO.

PDX Restroom Water Efficiency Study

The Port of Portland asked Tomolla to develop a pilot project that facilitates sustainable water use via improved usage of restroom “dual flush” water efficiency features at PDX. Tomolla is helping to design and implement a pilot campaign aimed at engaging the traveling public and PDX employees towards the goal of water conservation in the PDX Terminal. The project involves a creative approach to behavioral change research featuring interactive outreach, baseline data collection and analysis, and ongoing stakeholder engagement. From this effort, superior outreach materials and improved signage will be developed within the terminal at PDX, significantly improving water consumption outcomes by encouraging more informed public/employee behavior.

Partial rendering of the proposed waste and recycling component at the QTA. 

Partial rendering of the proposed waste and recycling component at the QTA. 

Rental Car Quick Turnaround (QTA) Materials Management Plan

The Port of Portland is pursuing a high level of certification (via the Envision sustainability rating system) for Portland International Airport’s (PDX) new state of the art Rental Car Quick Turn-Around facility (QTA) system.  The Port asked Tomolla to spearhead the creation of an innovative waste minimization plan that addresses both the construction and operational phases of the QTA project. Tomolla’s objectives with this project are to meet Envision’s RA 1.5 credit requirements, thereby assisting all QTA tenants in achieving the City of Portland’s business waste diversion minimum mandate of 75%.  Additionally, the results of this project will inform future design phases for the QTA facility and the operation of their ongoing materials management program.