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Seeing Green

In 2007, Former Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani communicated his vision for the Port of Seattle: to become the cleanest, greenest, most energy efficient port in the nation. Building on existing programs, the port has since established a reputation as the Green Gateway—offering the lowest carbon footprint for cargo shipped by sea and then rail from Asia to the Midwest. Just as important, the Green Gateway stands for the port’s commitment to environmental leadership and award-winning environmental efforts, both at the Seaport and at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Today, we are guided by our commitment to be a model of sustainable growth, to seek the greatest environmental benefit from our efforts, to partner with other organizations to leverage financial and professional resources, to see our sustainable practices as a competitive advantage, and to share our environmental outcomes with the community we serve.

Seattle offers the lowest carbon footprint for cargo shipped by sea from Asia to major markets in the  Midwest and East Coast. Learn more about Sea Cargo and the Green Gateway.



Public Comments

Terminal 5 Cargo Wharf Rehabilitation, Berth Deepening and Improvements Project

Join the online open house and comment period through November 23, 2015 Learn more here.

Terminal 91 Pier Underwater Regarding

Comment period through November 10, 2015. Learn more here.



The 25-year Environmental Goals

On October 4, 2011 the Port of Seattle Commission adopted the following policies toward being a leader among U.S. ports for environmental stewardship and energy efficiency:
  • Reduce air pollutant emissions by 50% from 2005 levels.
  • Lead our industry's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction strategies by reducing carbon emissions from all port operations by 50% from 2005 levels and reducing aircraft-related GHG emissions at Sea-Tac by 25%.
  • Meet future growth in energy usage through conservation and renewable sources.
  • Restore, create, and enhance 40 additional acres of habitat in the Green/Duwamish watershed and Elliott Bay.
  • Prevent sprawl in less developed areas of Puget Sound by anchoring our region's urban industrial land use.
  • Ensure all stormwater leaving port operated facilities meets or exceeds agency requirements and create partnerships that lead our industry in stormwater quality improvements.