According to the SmartGrowth.org / US Environmental Protection Agency, “Smart growth” covers a range of development and conservation strategies that help protect our health and natural environment and make our communities more attractive, economically stronger, and more socially diverse.
At the Port of Vancouver, we have embraced smart growth with our new facilities and developments. Here’s a look at the various ways that the Port of Vancouver is leading the way in environmental planning and proactively making a difference in how we grow:
Centennial Industrial Building
The port’s Centennial Industrial Building (CIB) was completed in 2018 and is proudly advertised as Green Globes Designed and Built.
Green Globes Certified Centennial Industrial Building at the Port of Vancouver
The Green Globes Building Certification is awarded by the Green Building Initiative for prioritizing sustainable development. Our modern industrial facility was designed to maximize efficiency, be environmentally conscious and provide a long-term benefit to the occupants of the building. CIB’s sustainable elements include a solar-ready roof, bird safe windows and lighting, skylights, native vegetation, enhanced stormwater treatment, and is EV station-ready.
In June of 2018, Hawthorne Hydroponics LLC signed a five-year lease for CIB. The port has partnered with Hawthorne on the installation of high-efficient, occupant-sensor lighting to continue sustainability efforts.
“Our previous manufacturing building was hot and too small for our needs,” said Hawthorne Plant Manager Garry Appleberry. “The new Centennial building is much cooler, thanks to its energy-efficient design and the fans we installed when we moved in. It has plenty of space for our workers, and the skylights add great natural light. This, plus the LED lights and motion sensors, enables us to consume less energy and provide our workers with a safe and pleasant place to work.”
Another great example of Smart Growth at CIB is Hawthorne’s efforts to green their manufacturing operations as much as possible. In addition to recycling cardboard and pallets, they have introduced a new process for recycling plastic trimmings from their trays.
“Each manufactured tray has about 3 inches of waste trimming that we save and pass on to a local business that grinds it down into pellets that are then recycled into new trays,” said Appleberry. “This has resulted in nearly 400,000 pounds of plastic being kept out of landfills since October 2018.”
Smart Growth takes many forms and the port is proud to offer sustainable space to tenants who continue to move toward environmentally responsible practices.