Sustainable Practices

Orcas in Commencement Bay

In addition to programs that focus specifically on clean air and water, The Northwest Seaport Alliance has a number of cross-cutting initiatives aimed at increasing the environmental sustainability of our own corporate practices and continuously improving our overall environmental performance. 

We participate in Green Marine, North America’s largest voluntary environmental certification program for the maritime industry. Work is also underway for the “Quiet Sound” Underwater Noise Reduction Program to develop plans to help protect the Puget Sound orca population.

Green Marine

Green Marine is a voluntary marine industry initiative with the goal of achieving levels of environmental performance that exceed regulatory requirements. Participants must benchmark their annual environmental performance through the program’s self-evaluation guides annually, have their results audited by an accredited external verifier every two year and agree to publication of their individual results. The Northwest Seaport Alliance joined Green Marine in 2016.