The Port is the newest participant in Green Marine, the leading voluntary environmental certification program for North America’s maritime industry.
“We are committed to achieving the highest level of environmental excellence, and the decision to join Green Marine helps fulfill this commitment,” said Port Executive Director Rob Fix.
The Port has taken a leadership role in cleaning up historic environmental contamination, rebuilding waterfront infrastructure and transportation terminals, and transitioning underutilized property back into productive use. “The comprehensive framework of Green Marine’s environmental certification program will help improve the sustainability of our maritime operations by ensuring we are utilizing state-of-the-art technologies and the best available management practices,” Fix added.
Green Marine’s President David Bolduc welcomed the newest West Coast participant with enthusiasm. "We are thrilled to have another key port from the State of Washington among our network of more than 50 participating North American ports," he said. "The Port of Bellingham adds to the diverse types of ports along the Pacific Northwest maritime route now participating in Green Marine, which proves that the program offers the flexibility and scalability for varying maritime operations to further improve their environmental performance.”
To achieve Green Marine certification, the Port will assess its environmental performance through indicators that address such issues as greenhouse gases, underwater noise, spill prevention, community impacts, community relations, waste management, and environmental leadership. The certification process is rigorous and transparent, with results independently verified every two years and each participant's individual performance made public annually.