The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) has joined the Green Marine environmental certification program, a North American initiative committed to advancing environmental excellence in maritime transportation.
This marks a major milestone as the Florida-based CPA is the 100th participant to join Green Marine.
Commission Chairman Jerry Allender says protecting the environment is one of the port’s most important duties.
“It’s our responsibility to maintain—and when necessary restore—the critical balance of physical conditions that allows Port Canaveral to fulfill its many functions,” he said. “For an environmentally sensitive area as large and active as Port Canaveral, this requires a day-in, day-out commitment.”
Green Marine’s detailed criteria within specific performance indicators will assist Port Canaveral to first benchmark its environmental performance and then identify ways to improve it.
“I am especially pleased that Port Canaveral is our 100th participant because it’s an organization that well-reflects Green Marine’s philosophy and values,” said David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director. “One of the driving forces within the extremely dynamic Floridian maritime economy, the Canaveral Port Authority is already engaged in several initiatives to protect the environment and to continue expanding its business in sustainable ways.”
Bolduc also said welcoming Port Canaveral as Green Marine’s 100th participant is a milestone that reflects the steadily increasing number of North American marine industry enterprises committed to being proactive toward achieving greater sustainability. It also shows the recognition Green Marine now garners as a practical, effective framework to demonstrate that environmental commitment.
Established in 2007, Green Marine is a North American environmental certification program for the maritime transportation industry. This program stems from the maritime industry’s voluntary initiative to surpass regulatory requirements. Green Marine’s character derives from the support being earned from more than 50 environmental groups and government agencies.
Go to www.green-marine.org or www.portcanaveral.com for further information.