Dedication to Sustainability
Terminal 1 is owned by the Port of Vancouver USA, which is dedicated to the health of the economy, our community and the environment. As a sustainable port, we look at our operations in an all-inclusive manner, enhancing our profitability while operating responsibly within our larger community. We believe that environmental stewardship and economic development can co-exist, and as part of our community, we are committed to doing our part. That’s why we take a proactive, innovative and integrated approach to sustainability, regulatory compliance, pollution prevention and natural habitat protection. We even have an environmental team dedicated to this important work.
The port formalized our sustainability efforts with the “We Can!” project by recognizing past sustainability accomplishments. This served as a template for measuring future changes to improve the programs already in place. On a regular basis, the port produces a Sustainability Report that helps us evaluate the health of the economy, our community and the environment in relation to our sound practices.
Terminal 1 and LEED Neighborhood
As the port develops the site, we’ll incorporate sustainable practices and thoughtful designs. As of September 2019, we are pleased to announce that Terminal 1 has been certified LEED Neighborhood (ND) Gold by the US Green Building Council.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. According to the USGBC, LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings and developments. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.
With this certification, we are also assisting our private partners with achieving LEED success. The port has committed in its design standards that all new buildings are to be constructed to a minimum LEED Gold Certification or better.
The port is working to design Terminal 1 with pedestrian oriented building and street design, neighborhood connectivity and access to services. Some of the green building strategies we are working towards include water use reduction, energy efficiency, pollution control during construction, heat island reduction and waste management.