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Environmental Excellence Awards Program

Awards highlight Port's commitment to sustainability

The Port of Seattle recognizes outstanding environmental accomplishments of Maritime and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport customers, tenants, non-profits and business partners with the Environmental Excellence awards. Award winners demonstrate environmental leadership in the maritime and aviation industries and are crucial partners in helping the Port achieve its Century Agenda sustainability goals.

This year, the awards are open to all Maritime customers, tenants and partners, when in recent past the focus had been the cruise industry. The awards also are open to projects, processes, tenants, airlines, partners and organizations providing services or supplies at Sea-Tac Airport.

The Port encourages nominations from eligible businesses of all sizes and especially small, minority-owned, women-owned or disadvantaged businesses. Anyone can submit a nomination on behalf of themselves or another organization.

Nominations are open Jan. 8 - Feb. 15 at 5 p.m.

Late nominations will not be accepted.

Awardees will be presented with a commemorative plaque and receive recognition from Port of Seattle Commissioners at a public meeting in April 2018.

Eligible activities

Electric truckThe Port will accept nominations for any project, process or activity that demonstrates environmental leadership and sustainability in the maritime industry and at Sea-Tac Airport. Customers, tenants, non-profit and partners operating and or providing services or supplies to the aviation industry at the Port's maritime facilities and Sea-Tac Airport are eligible to apply. Interested applicants may nominate themselves or others.

Port staff will evaluate each nomination using specific criteria for each of the following award categories:

  • Environmental Performance: The nominee’s activity results in a direct measurable benefit to the environment
  • Environmental Education and Outreach: The nominee’s activity increased awareness of environmental stewardship and/or raised awareness of environmental issues and practices, and is expected to accrue future direct benefits to the environment, economy and community
  • Environmental Innovation: The nominee’s activity highlights a creative approach to identifying and/or solving an environmental issue and results in a measurable direct or projected benefit to the environment

Select this link to view past award recipients and activities.

Coffee grounds recycledA panel of Port staff will review nominations and select winner(s). The Port may select one or more awards depending on the quality and quantity of nominations.

Award types

The Port may issue two different award types:

Environmental Excellence Award: This award recognizes actions demonstrating significant performance, education and outreach, or innovation, and commitment to supporting Port sustainability objectives.

Small Business Award: This award is for small, minority/women-owned, or disadvantaged businesses whose actionsdemonstrate significant performance, education and outreach, or innovation, and commitment to supporting Port sustainability objectives.

Nominate your business today!

Nominations are open from Jan. 8 - Feb. 15 at 5 p.m.

The Maritime and Sea-Tac Airport Awards have slightly different application processes. Please download the application packet for the appropriate industry: 

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Maritime Businesses:
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Sea-Tac Int'l Airport Businesses:
Download the nomination packet