Building & Transportation Greening

  • Bike Master Plan
  • Green Buildings &
    Construction

Bike Master Plan

Bike Plan Graphic

An increasing number of people are discovering bicycling not only as a leisure-time activity with great health benefits, but also as a socially responsible and green commuting option. In keeping with our mission to meet the critical transportation needs of the bi-state region, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey supports bicycling as an important and sustainable mode of travel. We seek to meet emerging demand by integrating improved bicycle access, safe bicycle lanes, and secure bicycle parking and storage into existing Port Authority buildings, roadways and other facilities owned or operated by the Port Authority.

Download The Port Authority of NY & NJ Bicycle Master Plan.

Construction Debris Recycling

Port Authority contracts require the recycling of at least 75 percent of selected construction and demolition waste (asphalt, concrete, steel, non-hazardous soil) by weight. Contractors must submit a recycling plan that details how the waste will be reused or recycled.

Sustainable Design Guidelines

Sustainable Infrastructure Manual CoverOn July 13, 2006, the Port Authority of NY & NJ adopted a policy "to reduce adverse environmental impacts of the design, construction, operation and maintenance and occupancy or leasing of new or substantially renovated buildings and facilities, reconstruction projects, and programs."

To meet the goals of this policy, the Port Authority has developed “Sustainable Design Guidelines.” These guidelines provide a design roadmap when undertaking new construction projects, substantial renovations, and reconstruction projects for both building and infrastructure projects. The guidelines take a comprehensive view of environmental performance, addressing the environmental qualities of capital projects, specifically in the areas of site, water, energy, construction, materials, indoor environment and maintenance & operations. The Sustainable Building Guidelines provide sustainable design strategies for new building construction, substantial renovation and reconstruction of buildings. Recently, the PA released Sustainable Infrastructure Guidelines, which provide sustainable design achievement for all new construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure projects.

The Sustainable Building Guidelines take into account the US Green Building Council's LEEDTM 2.1 Green Building Rating System, New York State Executive Order 111 and the New York State Green Building Tax Credit. Policy requirements vary according to project type (i.e. new construction, substantial renovations, reconstruction projects) and project size. The policy requires the most extensive application of sustainable design in new projects that are 20,000 gross square feet or more. At the other end of the spectrum, the policy exempts all projects that are smaller than 5,000 gross square feet. The policy requires the use of the Sustainable Building Guidelines for both Port Authority and tenant capital projects.

Green Construction Equipment

The Port Authority has developed construction contract specifications for Port Authority projects that are intended to reduce the harmful emissions of particulate matter (PM) from non-road construction equipment. To reduce these emissions, the Port Authority's construction contracts would specify retrofitting equipment and reducing engine idling. The Port Authority phased-in the specifications between 2009-2011, allowing the construction industry in the region time to retrofit and upgrade equipment. The specifications apply to all land-based and barge-mounted construction equipment, but not to marine propulsion engines, marine auxiliary engines, and dredges. The phase in schedule is as follows:

  • Contracts awarded in 2009 with total construction costs greater of $10 million or greater;
  • Contracts awarded in 2010 with total construction costs greater of $5 million of greater;
  • Contracts awarded in 2011 with total construction costs greater of $1.5 million of greater;
  • All contracts awarded in 2012 or later.

Construction Debris Recycling

Port Authority contracts require the recycling of at least 75 percent of selected construction and demolition waste (asphalt, concrete, steel, non-hazardous soil) by weight. Contractors must submit a recycling plan that details how the waste will be reused or recycled.


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