The Port of Redwood City, the only deep-water port in the South San Francisco Bay, is the newest Green Marine participant to take part in the largest voluntary environmental certification program for North America’s maritime industry.
“Serving the Silicon Valley region, the Port of Redwood City is always seeking to advance our global economic vitality while ensuring the most sustainable operations,” said Kristine A. Zortman, the port’s executive director. “Taking part in Green Marine’s rigorous and transparent environmental program is a natural progression of our vision and ambitions.”
The Port of Redwood City has established a notable reputation for their transparency. The port received the Overall Communications Excellence Award from the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) in 2020 in recognition of their efforts to modernize their website to serve as a comprehensive information resource.
“It is always exciting to welcome a new participant from California, and the Port of Redwood City is no exception,” said David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director. “The port already demonstrates a true commitment to sustainability and will be able to share their valuable experience with our membership network, perhaps starting with community relations as they have notably strengthened their ties and trust with local stakeholders through their environmental stewardship.”
To complete their certification, the Port of Redwood City will report to Green Marine performance indicators including: greenhouse gases and air pollutants, spill prevention and stormwater management, waste management, community impacts, and environmental leadership. The annual certification process is rigorous and transparent, with the individual performance of each participant independently verified every two years.
About Port of Redwood City
The Port of Redwood City is the only deep-water port in the South San Francisco Bay. It is home to numerous tenants and businesses, serving the Silicon Valley region with its cargo related industrial infrastructure, municipal marina, and other facilities. The Port specializes in dry bulk, liquid bulk, and other cargo, and is seeking further diversification of trade to decrease the region’s road congestion. A scenic mile-long waterfront offers various relaxation and recreation opportunities for the community, as does a public fishing pier. Recent infrastructure resilience investments include $17 million in wharf infrastructure that can withstand up to an 8.9 magnitude earthquake as well as up to five-feet (1.5-metres) of sea-level rise.
Green Marine overview
Founded in 2007, Green Marine’s North American environmental certification program is the result of a voluntary effort by the shipping industry to go beyond regulations. There are currently more than 150 ship owners, port authorities, terminal operators and shipyard managers throughout Canada and the United States as participants. The Green Marine program’s unique character derives from the support it receives from environmental, scientific, government and community organizations. More than 80 supporters help to shape and revise the program. The program is outlined in detail at www.green-marine.org