OLYMPIA – The Port of Olympia’s marine terminal obtained re-certification as part of the Green Marine certification program.
Green Marine is a voluntary third-party certification program that requires participating port authorities to establish baseline performance indicators in multiple facets of Marine Terminal operations and then demonstrate tangible year-over-year improvements to maintain certification. The certification system evaluates six distinct operational areas, including:
- Spill Prevention
- Dry Bulk Handling and Storage
- Community Impacts
- Environmental Leadership
- Waste Management
- Greenhouse gases
Green Marine requires Ports to complete an established self-evaluation form annually. An independent team of Green Marine verifiers reviews progress every two years to ensure result levels are accurate and the program is implemented with rigor and integrity.
Port of Olympia Executive Director Sam Gibboney said, “I am proud of all the hard work our team performs on a daily basis to ensure our facilities and operations operate at the highest level of efficiency while also remaining environmentally sustainable".
The Port of Olympia first obtained Green Marine certification in 2016. In addition Green Marine, Swantown Marina is a certified Clean Marina and Swantown Boatworks is a Clean Boatyard. The Clean Marina Washington program, created in 2005, helps marinas assess their operations and make improvements to better protect the environment. Clean Boating Foundation is a similar program, with a mission to create cleaner waters in Washington State. Incorporating boaters, boatyards, environmental groups, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and scientific experts, the Clean Boating Foundation is a voluntary, market-driven effort to improve Puget Sound and the rest of our waters. Information about the Port of Olympia’s third-party certifications is available at https://portolympia.com/about-us/environment/sustainability/.