When super-storm Sandy hit NYC and caused floods in LaGuardia airport, officials at Logan’s payed close attention. Surrounded by water from three sides, Boston’s Logan airport is also very much exposed to the same weather impacts. Last year, officials announced a multi-million-dollar plan to make the airport more resilient to climate change and more environmentally sustainable. 
In its plan, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), owner of Logan airport, focused on 10 resource areas: energy and greenhouse gas emissions, water conservation, community, employee and passenger well-being, materials, waste management and recycling, resiliency, noise abatement, air quality improvement, ground access and connectivity, water quality/storm water and Natural resources. 
In this report, I will elaborate on three of these areas:
- Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Materials, Waste management and recycling
Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Since 2004, energy use intensity (Kbtu per square foot) at Logan Airport has decreased by approximately 20.5 %. This progress can be attributed to energy efficiency improvements and increased use of renewable energy. As part of this effort, heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment has been replaced by newer energy equipment.
Moreover, during the past year, approximately 900,000 kWh of solar and wind power were generated at several buildings and facilities at the Airport. (enough to power 125 typical Massachusetts homes for one year).
Materials, Waste management and recycling
As part of the new plan in 2015, the airport set aggressive targets for recycling rates: 20% by 2016, 40% percent by 2018 and 60% by 2020. To meet these goals management chose to develop and monitor a few key performance indicators.
- Waste per passenger rate – Although not monitored yet, Massport is developing a waste tracking plan to account for all waste generated in the airport. This metric will allow management to understand exactly how and where it should focus its efforts to improve.
- percentage of construction and demolition waste recycled – this indicator is closely monitored and remained close to 100% throughout 2015.
- percentage of organic materials composted – the airport is building a composting program to monitor this indicator. Once built targets will be set to monitor progress.
- Diversion rate – waste diversion rate is one of the key performance indicators in a successful recycling program. It represents the amount of waste that is diverted from landfill for recycling. When looking to improve the success of a recycling program it is critical to know current waste diversion rate as a benchmark. For Logan, Diversion rate has increased by 2.7 % since 2012. The report shows total diversion rate for the year 2015 was 13%. 
Much of Logan’s most critical facilities and infrastructure are located in low-lying coastal areas. This increases the potential impact storms and rising sea levels might have on the operational resiliency of the airport. To address these issues, as part of its overall 2015 plan, Massport has launched a comprehensive resiliency initiative. ,
A key aspect of this initiative is the airports ability to maintain and quickly restore operational capabilities during and after major disruptions. To do so, the airport invests heavily in improving the facilities and infrastructure to withstand the effects of extreme weather. A great example of such a project is the purchase of temporary flood barriers that can be re-positioned as needed during an event. The barriers can potentially help protect critical equipment and facilities from major flooding events. Another project which was completed last year is the waterproofing of critical assets entry points.
Other feature projects include relocation of generators to higher floors to increase facilities ability to withstand floods, investments in runway pumps which will divert excess waters and allow fast recovery time after floods.
Moreover, Massport prepares its staff by providing educational and training opportunities on improving organizational and operational resiliency. ,
Logan’s climate change plan is comprehensive and addresses most of the key issues at stake. Yet, much more can be done to strengthen the airport’s resilience and decrease its climate impact.
Resilience – only 25% of the airport’s critical facilities are planned to over-go some sort of improvement to withstand severe weather in the next 4 years. The budget allocated for these projects is roughly $9M. This is small change compared to the risk of losing the airport’s operational capability. I would push for much more aggressive targets on the resilience aspect even if it means holding back on other projects that decrease the airport’s own climate impact. 
Climate impact – one of the biggest contributors to global warming is livestock farming. Any big institution who wishes to reduce its own negative environmental impact should incentivize its clients and food providers to reduce meat consumption. Logan airport feeds thousands of people a day. By reducing its meat serving restaurants number it could have a great positive impact on the environment.
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