And why should we believe we will ever have one?

San Diego Green Port Program

A Green Port Program was developed by the Port of San Diego to support the goals of the Environmental Sustainability Policy that was approved by the Board of Port Commissioners in 2007. The ultimate goal of the program is to achieve long-term environmental, societal and economic benefits through resource conservation, waste reduction and pollution prevention.

 The Green Port Program unifies the Port’s environmental sustainability goals in six key areas. Overseen by the Green Port Program Steering Committee, the Port sets measurable goals and evaluates progress in each area on an annual basis. The Green Port Program both continues the Port’s existing environmental efforts and expands these efforts through new programs and initiatives.


Water: Improve water quality in San Diego Bay. Reduce the Port’s water usage to preserve San Diego’s water supply.

Energy: Conserve energy and maximize energy efficiency of Port operations.

Air: Reduce greenhouse gas contributions and other air emissions from Port operations.

Waste Management: Reduce waste from Port operations through material reuse, recycling and composting.

Sustainable Business Practices: Give equal weight to environmental, economic and social concerns in the decision-making process.

Sustainable Development: Enhance the environmental performance of Port buildings while maximizing long-term economic benefits.


Long Beach Green Port Policy

The Green Port Policy is an aggressive, comprehensive and coordinated approach to reduce the negative impacts of Port operations. The Green Port Policy, which the Board adopted in January 2005, serves as a guide for decision making and established a framework for environmentally friendly Port operations. The policy’s five guiding principles are:

Protect the community from harmful environmental impacts of Port operations.

Distinguish the Port as a leader in environmental stewardship and compliance.

Promote sustainability.

Employ best available technology to avoid or reduce environmental impacts.

Engage and educate the community.


The Green Port Policy includes six basic program elements, each with an overall goal:

Wildlife – Protect, maintain or restore aquatic ecosystems and marine habitats.

Air – Reduce harmful air emissions from Port activities.

Water – Improve the quality of Long Beach Harbor waters.

Soils/Sediments – Remove, treat, or render suitable for beneficial reuse contaminated soils and sediments in the Harbor District.

Community Engagement – Interact with and educate the community regarding Port operations and environmental programs.

Sustainability – Implement sustainable practices in design and construction, operations, and administrative practices throughout the Port.

Why don’t we have a Green Port policy for Humboldt Bay today?

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