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 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 not only helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions but can also reduce energy costs and 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
Conserving resources and minimizing waste improves operational efficiency, reduces costs, and results in excellent performance. A few of the port's simple waste reduction strategies include:
Printing on both sides of paper
Providing online bill payment opportunities for port customers
Purchasing recycled office and janitorial supplies
Returning printing and copier toner cartridges to suppliers for recycling
Using electronic files instead of paper files
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. Placing one aluminum can in the recycling bin saves enough energy to power a television for three hours; recycling one glass container saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours.