The Port of Vancouver USA is dedicated to environmental stewardship. By incorporating sound environmental practices into our operations, the port is taking a leadership role in protecting our natural resources, while at the same time strengthening the region’s economy. We do this through:
Integrated Decision Making – We incorporate environmental costs, risks, impacts and benefits into our business choices, operating decisions and facility planning.
Sustainability – We maximize the use of sustainable resources in the construction and operation of our facilities and the delivery of our services, formalizing our efforts with the “We Can!” project.
Pollution Prevention – We avoid contamination of property through best management practices and effective safeguarding programs; and we continue to efficiently remediate historical cleanup sites.
Compliance – We meet or exceed regulatory requirements in the construction and operation of our facilities and delivery of our services.
Tenant Environmental Management Program
The port’s Tenant Environmental Management Program (TEMP) is a comprehensive approach to minimizing the environmental impacts associated with the port’s 50-plus industrial tenants. This award-winning process assesses a tenant’s environmental needs prior to entering into a lease with the port and remains in place through the end of the lease term.
The port works closely with the Washington State Department of Ecology to ensure site cleanup activities are conducted in a timely manner and in accordance with the Model Toxic Control Act (MTCA), and other applicable laws and regulations. Ecology provides technical and regulatory oversight and shares the cost of investigation and cleanup under the Remedial Action Grants Program. The port is also committed to pursuing cost recovery from the industrial parties responsible for the contamination.