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Port Recognizes Environmental Excellence and ‘Fly Quiet Awards’

May 23, 2018

Seattle-area maritime and aviation businesses and one nonprofit were recognized today for outstanding environmental leadership and practices that lead to cleaner air, cleaner water and greater energy efficiency. The “Environmental Excellence” awards by the Port of Seattle celebrate the significant role of local partners in making our Port the greenest in North America.

“We are proud to showcase the leadership and investments by Port-related industries to improve environmental and community health,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins. “These awards celebrate sustainability as a shared value in our community and recognize the creative ways that Pacific Northwest organizations care for the environment and health.”

Local businesses Vigor, Castan Inc. Trucking Company, Maxum Petroleum, Seaview Boatyard, United Airlines, HMSHost, and one nonprofit The Common Acre received Environmental Excellence awards. Outstanding accomplishments reduced waste, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, increased efficiency, improved water quality and improved habitat and bee population. The Airport and Maritime Divisions accept nominations for any project, process, or action that promotes environmental leadership and stewardship in one of the following three environmental categories: performance; education and outreach; and innovation.

The Port of Seattle also recognized Southwest Airlines, SkyWest Airlines and Spirit Airlines as winners of the Port’s Fly Quiet Awards for airline noise reduction efforts at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (STIA). The annual Fly Quiet Awards were developed by the Port and a citizen advisory committee in 2005 as a way to increase airline and pilot awareness of the impact of aircraft noise on local communities.

Maritime Environmental Excellence Awards

Environmental Performance: Vigor

This award recognizes Vigor’s outstanding environmental accomplishments including:

  • Installation of energy efficient LED fixtures at their Harbor Island facility with motion sensors, reducing the facility’s energy consumption by 823,000 kWh annually;
  • Conducting in-depth analysis of waste stream and elimination of garbage waste, resulting in a 91% recycling rate; and
  • Hosting an Earth Day clean up event in cooperation with the City of Seattle at their Harbor Island facility with over 200 employees and adopting a monthly “Extreme Clean” campaign.

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Vigor Environmental Excellence Award winner
Shipbuilding company Vigor, with nine locations including Harbor Island, won a Port of Seattle Environmental Excellence Award for efforts that included eliminating garbage waste through a waste stream analysis. Pictured: Vigor Environmental Manager John Rosevear shows the construction debris that is currently being recycled at Vigor. 


Environmental Performance – Small Business: Castan Inc. Trucking Company

This award recognizes Castan’s proactive decision to eliminate diesel engines from their fleet along with:

  • Converting their entire truck fleet of 1996 diesel engines to 2014 liquefied natural gas engines resulting in significant health and environmental benefits; and
  • Reducing harmful nitrogen oxide by 85%, particulate matter by 99.8%, and 72 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually.

Castan, Inc., 2018 Environmental Excellence Award winner
Castan, Inc. a trucking company out of Edgewood, Wash., moves import and export containers out of the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma. The company won a Port of Seattle Environmental Excellence Award for upgrading its fleet of nine trucks to 100 percent liquefied natural gas. Pictured: Danny Allen, dispatcher and driver; Darth Castan, president; Arthur Egger, driver; Brian Dufresne, driver; and Terry Carpenter, driver pose by their fleet of trucks.


Environmental Performance - Honorable Mention:

Maxum Petroleum – for reducing environmental risk and improving habitat.

Seaview Boatyard – for improving air and water quality.

Education and Outreach: Maxum Petroleum

This award recognizes Maxum’s extensive collaboration with community and environmental organizations, including:

  • Hosting a two-day Advanced Incident Command System Training and Emergency Drill with spill response contractors, neighboring facilities, state and federal agencies; and
  • Organizing two advance stormwater management workshops with the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS)

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Maxum Petroleum, 2018 Environmental Excellence Award winner
Harbor Island-based Maxum Petroleum won a Port of Seattle Environmental Excellence Award for its collaboration with other waterfront businesses to learn from each other’s efforts to treat stormwater, prevent oil spills and promote sustainability. Pictured: Mike Auer, Maxum Environmental Compliance Manager, shows the company’s storm water treatment system.


Education and Outreach – Small Business: Seaview Boatyard

  • Leading Washington boat yards as the first boat yard to install advanced stormwater reclamation using the StormwateRx Aquip System, which helped to accelerate the adoption of similar stormwater treatment systems industry-wide; and
  • Improving water quality via the advanced stormwater reclamation system.

Seaview Boatyard, 2018 Environmental Excellence Award winner
Seaview Boatyard, a family owned business with locations at Shilshole Bay Marina and Bellingham, installed an advanced stormwater reclamation system in 2008, which helped pave the way for similar systems industrywide. The efforts helped win the company a Port of Seattle Environmental Excellence Award. Pictured: Phil Riise, Seaview founder and CEO; and Thiel Riise, Seaview president; say making sustainable business decisions is part of their company’s core values.


Aviation Environmental Excellence Awards

Environmental Performance: United Airlines

This award recognizes United Airlines for outstanding environmental accomplishments at Sea-Tac International Airport (STIA) and company-wide, including:

  • Adding twenty-two electric Ground Support Equipment at STIA, saving 20,000 gallons in fuel and cutting GHG emissions by 217 metric tons annually;
  • Converting their air cargo facility lighting to energy-efficient LEDs, saving 124,000 kWh (71%) and $14,000 annually;
  • Implementing other sustainability initiatives including:
    • Changing in-flight operations and materials, saving 1.6 million gallons in fuel and cutting GHG emissions by 20,500 metric tons annually;
    • Supporting alternative aviation jet fuel development, including being the first U.S. carrier to fly with commercial-scale volumes of sustainable alternative jet fuel (2016) and continuing to fly using sustainable aviation fuel today out of LAX
    • Investing $30 million in a U.S.-based alternative aviation fuels developer; and
    • Donating unused products and recycled in-flight waste through United’s Eco-Skies program.

United Airlines, 2018 Environmental Excellence Award winner
United Airlines was awarded a Port of Seattle Environmental Excellence Award for environmental accomplishments at Sea-Tac Airport and company-wide. Pictured: United currently has 22 pieces of electric Ground Support Equipment at Sea-Tac, saving 20,000 gallons of fuel and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 217 metric tons annually.


Environmental Performance – Honor Roll: HMSHost

This award recognizes HMSHost for a diverse range of sustainability initiatives related to their STIA restaurant operations. Honor Roll distinction is based on the significance, diversity and scale of HMSHost’s accomplishments combined with past awards in 2016, 2015, and 2014, including:

  • Participating in Seattle’s Strawless September campaign to reduce plastic pollution and permanently switched to on-request only environmentally preferable straws;
  • Donating 16,574 meals (20,718 lbs.) to the Des Moines Area Food Bank;
  • Reducing STIA restaurant waste and conserved resources including:
    • Recycling 68 tons of glass and cardboard, and 7,000 pallets from Airport warehouse;
    • Using environmentally-preferable durable (washable) food service ware;
    • Donating or recycling nearly all used restaurant equipment and furniture during four restaurant closures in 2017;
    • Converting to energy-efficient LED lighting Energy-Star rated appliances; and
    • Conserving water by offering it on-request only to sit-down restaurant customers.

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HMSHost, 2018 Environmental Excellence Award winner
HMS Host, which operates between 20 and 22 restaurants at Sea-Tac Airport, won a Port of Seattle Environmental Excellence Award for a range of sustainability initiatives in their restaurant operations. Pictured: HMS Host has been working to conserve water at Anthony’s by offering it by request only to sit-down restaurant customers.


Innovation – Small Business: The Common Acre

This award recognizes The Common Acre for its innovative, ecologically-focused land conservation project called “Flight Path”, which highlights effective public-private partnership and community outreach, including:

  • Partnering with Port staff to convert three acres of neglected scrub land at the former Tyee Golf Course into managed pollinator habitat;
  • Breeding disease-resistant honeybees including 70 queen bees to enhance site and surrounding area pollination and improve ecosystem health;
  • Developing a custom native plant seed mix using select plant species that support healthy pollinator populations and improve aviation safety by discouraging bird flocking;
  • Commissioning and installing a pollinator and transportation-themed art exhibit in the Airport terminal between 2014 and 2015 that featured 26 regional artists and reached over two million viewers; and
  • Harrvesting and selling honey from the Sea-Tac Airport beehives to help cover operational costs.

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Fly Quiet Awards

Airlines are judged using three award criteria: the sound levels of their operations (utilizing 4 of the Port’s noise monitors), success at flying within the noise abatement flight procedures, and adhering to the airport’s ground maintenance engine run-up regulations.

Fly Quiet Bravo Award: Southwest Airlines

This award goes to the quietest jet airline among the five busiest airlines operationally at STIA for:

  • Noise levels consistently lower than competitors; and
  • Flying the noise abatement procedures at a high rate of success.

Southwest Airlines, 2018 Fly Quiet Award winner


Fly Quiet Regional Award: SkyWest Airlines

This award is presented to the quietest regional jet airline at STIA for:

  • Reaching low levels of noise from their operations; and
  • Having good success at flight procedures.

SkyWest Airlines, 2018 Fly Quiet Award winner


Fly Quiet Award: Spirit Airlines

This award is for the quietest jet airline at STIA with at least 1,000 annual operations. This year’s winner displayed:>

  • Outstanding and consistent success flying STIA’s flight procedures correctly; and
  • Noise levels lower than their competitors within this large group.

Spirit Airlines, 2018 Fly Quiet Award winner

About the Port of Seattle

Founded in 1911, the Port owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, two cruise ship terminals, Fishermen’s Terminal—home of the North Pacific fishing fleet, one grain terminal, a public cargo terminal, four public marinas, and manages a number of real estate assets for financial return and economic advantage. The Port’s operations currently help create nearly 200,000 jobs and $7 billion in wages throughout the region. Over the next 19 years, the port’s “Century Agenda” seeks to create an additional 100,000 jobs through economic growth while becoming the nation’s leading green and energy-efficient port. Learn more at

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