Sustainable Strategies

Sustainability at the Port

Sustainable strategies at the Port can be broadly grouped into the following categories: (1) using the Port’s legislative authorities to deliver sustainable outcomes; (2) managing operations and assets in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner; and (3) integrating economic, environmental, and community benefits into plans and projects. 
The attached 2013 report provides a snapshot of how the model of sustainability has become part of the framework for advancing the Port’s mission and core values.

Opportunities for Improvement

The Port of Bellingham regularly evaluates opportunities to improve best management practices associated with sustainable strategies for resource conservation, energy efficiency, material reuse and recycling, and environmental stewardship of publicly-owned assets. Leading by example is both good government and good for the environment.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs, and can increase the asset value of buildings. The port considers a range of energy efficiency opportunities in its facilities through measures such as lighting upgrades, improved insulation, and better HVAC systems. The port demonstrates energy leadership by:
  • Designing energy efficient buildings 
  • Improving awareness of energy efficient behavior 
  • Promoting the development of clean energy technology
  • Purchasing energy efficient products 
  • Reducing emissions from port vehicles

Resource Conservation

Conserving resources and minimizing waste improves operational efficiency, reduces costs, and results in excellent performance. 

Material Reuse & Recycling

The size and diversity of the port's operations offer many opportunities for material reuse and recycling. The port provides convenient recycling centers to its marina customers and has highly visible recycling facilities in public areas like the airport and Bellingham Cruise Terminal.


Marine tenants are able to properly dispose of waste oil at both the Squalicum and Blaine marinas.