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Sustainability Manager

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Job ID: 32139
Department: Off Environmental & Energy Prg
Location: 4 World Trade Center


Reporting to the Director’s Office, Office of Environmental and Energy Programs, the incumbent is responsible for overseeing programs that reduce environmental impacts associated with energy, water, and other resource consumption and improve regulatory compliance. The Sustainability Manager implements programs focused on meeting federal and state sustainability and environmental requirements and policies, including:  utility efficiency, waste reduction, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, air quality improvements, environmental justice guide implementation, climate resiliency, and evolving projects in support of the Port Authority Sustainability Policy. 

These responsibilities are accomplished through the following functions:

  • Providing support and guidance to staff in implementing sustainability initiatives and applying   sustainability principles to operations.
  • Supervision of staff and consultants to complete the Port Authority’s annual agency-wide GHGs and Criteria Air Pollutant Inventory.
  • Serve as the Port Authority’s technical lead on annual updates to the GHG forecast and calibration of any interim GHG targets
  • Supervision of staff and consultants submitting annual sustainability reporting to: CDP, Airport Carbon Accreditation, and the Port Authority’s Annual Report
  • Manage the water data tracking initiative: guide staff in managing billing and tracking for water accounts, utilize the Port Authority’s Utility Management Platform and EPA Portfolio Manager, which track energy and water usage throughout PA facilities. Apply this information to prioritize conservation projects.
  • Promote and enhance sustainable design and climate resiliency, collaborating with Engineering and other departments
  • Identify potential air quality emissions reduction projects across the agency; quantify environmental impacts within project evaluations, cost benefit analyses, and life cycle analyses.  Evaluate air emissions impacts of projects and procurements.
  • Manage the Environmental Compliance Assistance Program (ENCAP): track environmental compliance across the agency, address violations, develop agency-wide comments on proposed regulatory changes and guide required modifications. 
  • Oversee implementation of the Environmental Justice Guide: review of projects for potential disproportionate impacts and develop mitigation strategies when necessary
  • Establish working groups across the agency to address regulatory and sustainability matters, including upcoming external regulations or new internal programs.
  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to develop new sustainability programs and policies, such as: environmentally preferable procurement, low or zero emissions vehicles, and waste diversion.
  • Manage the Hudson-Raritan Estuary Resources Program (HRERP) natural resource conservation program. Identify potential properties and partners, working with Real Estate and Law departments.
  • Represent the Port Authority on environmental, sustainability, and resiliency task forces, workgroups, and multi-agency efforts. 
  • Liaison with external regulatory and resource agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and academic institutions. Promote PA sustainability efforts.
  • Assist with new initiatives, as they arise, that support the Port Authority Sustainability Policy.


Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, business, planning, environmental sciences, sustainability or similar technical field. 
  • A minimum of seven (7) years (or 5 years and a Master’s degree) of progressively responsible experience in environmental management, environmental policy, or related discipline.
  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a Federal Security Background check.
  • Applicants must meet all performance and attendance standards and have completed all probationary periods.


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Advanced degree in business, sustainability, planning, environmental policy, or related field
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in the field of sustainable practices and operations, project evaluation, and cost-benefit analyses
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in various sustainability reporting frameworks, including CDP, GRI, Airport Carbon Accreditation, and in GHG forecasting and targeting methods, including familiarity with the Science Based Targets Initiative
  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills with demonstrated abilities to supervise and motivate staff. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including building strategic relationships and partnerships
  • Self-starter that can improvise quickly, manage time with minimal supervision and navigate bureaucracy effectively
  • Demonstrated knowledge of environmental regulations and federal/state government processes

Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the Apply Now button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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