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Catherine Soper
Public Affairs Manager

Port of Everett selected to participate in Environmental Management System program

Post Date:01/30/2006

Everett, Wash. - Determined to be a leader in environmental stewardship, the Port of Everett recently applied for, and was accepted to participate in an Environmental Management System (EMS) program through the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).

In Washington state, the Port of Everett is the second port to initiate such a system into its daily operations - the first being the Port of Vancouver USA. The EMS program, among other things, is a management system that sets the processes and procedures that allow an organization to analyze, control and improve the environmental consequences of its activities. The program also sets forth a system for identifying and addressing environmental problems and opportunities, setting goals for the organization and making sure employees are aware of these goals and implementing them.

"This program is a perfect example of how economic development and environmental preservation can complement one another," Commissioner Connie Niva said. "Part of our mission is to engage in good environmental planning, and this program provides the necessary framework for us to achieve those goals."

Over the course of the 18-month program, the port will engage in hands-on training, site visits, conference calls and document sharing to help strengthen its environmental efforts. Only nine ports nationwide were selected to participate in this round of EMS training.

"The Port of Everett was selected to participate in the Port EMS/SMS Assistance Project by demonstrating a high level of commitment to the goals of the project, including integrating environmental concerns into the day-to-day business considerations of the Port," said Meredith H. Martino, government relations and environmental policy manager for AAPA. "With leadership from Executive Director John Mohr and other senior staff, the Port of Everett is poised to build on a strong history of environmental compliance by creating a culture in which environmental issues are critical in determining the Port's strategic direction for the future."

Some of the benefits of adopting an EMS program include:

  • Improved environmental performance and compliance;
  • Improved relationships with regulator agencies and the public;
  • Reduced costs for liability insurance, waste disposal, and energy usage; and,
  • Improved employee morale throughout the organization because of their empowerment to find ways to reduce environmental impacts.

"We feel very privileged to have been selected to participate in this program," said John Mohr, executive director of the Port of Everett. "We take pride in our commitment to environmental preservation, and see this program as a natural fit for our organization."

For more information on the Port's participation in this program, please contact Lisa Mandt, Community Relations Representative, at 425-388-0617 or by e-mail.

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