Northwest Seaport Alliance earns recognitions; new Chief of Staff named for Port of Seattle

NWSA receives recognition for environmental leadership

NWSA receives recognition for environmental leadership

The sustainability commitments of The Northwest Seaport Alliance have earned Inbound Logistics’ 75 Green Supply Chain Partner honors for the fourth consecutive year.

The NWSA was recognized for our proactive and collaborative partnership with our supply chain partners, stakeholders and communities throughout Puget Sound.

Through our work on the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, diesel particulate matter (DPM) emissions intensity has decreased by 80% per ton of cargo while greenhouse gas emissions intensity declined 19% per ton of cargo since 2005.

In efforts to further curb harmful emissions, the NWSA Clean Truck Program began requiring trucks on Jan. 1, 2019, with newer and cleaner engines, which reduce DPM by up to 90% per truck.

Additionally, our initiatives also include energy-efficient lighting, habitat development, mitigation banking, shore power use and alternative fuel use.

The 75 organizations are selected by Inbound Logistics editors and represent various trade sectors, including ports, trucking companies, railroads, shipping lines, freight forwarders and air cargo carriers. These companies are recognized for “’walking the walk’ when it comes to commitment to supply chain sustainability, even during these difficult times.”

The NWSA is committed to improving our facilities, processes and best practices to minimize environmental impacts from our operations and create a cleaner and healthier environment for citizens and employees. The NWSA was one of ten U.S. port authorities selected this year.

About Inbound Logistics:: Since its inception in 1981, Inbound Logistics’ educational mission is to illustrate the benefits of demand-driven logistics practices, give companies the knowledge to help them match the inbound flow of materials to their demand and align their business processes to support that shift.

About The Northwest Seaport Alliance: : The Northwest Seaport Alliance is a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. Combined, the ports are the fourth-largest container gateway in North America. Regional marine cargo facilities also are a major center for bulk, breakbulk, project/heavy-lift cargoes, automobiles and trucks.

NWSA Clean Truck Program earns international recognition

The Northwest Seaport Alliance Clean Truck Program has been named as a finalist in the International Association of Ports and Harbors’ World Ports Sustainability Program Awards in the Community Outreach and Port City Dialogue category.

The finalists for this category also included the Yeosu Gwangyang Port in South Korea and the Port of Vigo in Spain, which received the award this year.

Implementation of the NWSA Clean Truck Program, starting in January 2019, has significantly decreased diesel pollution from trucks serving the international container terminals in Seattle and Tacoma. Because newer engines emit 90% less diesel particulate matter, the program has helped reduce more than 33 tons of diesel particulate matter annually. The benefits translate to cleaner, healthier air for the people who work and live on or near our harbors.

The success of the program centered on a large-scale effort to improve outreach and education on trucking issues within the gateway, including:

Hosting free workshops for truckers on diesel particulate filter (DPF) maintenance, safety, financing and translation support.

Finding cost-effective ways for drivers to update their trucks and present findings at the recurring meetings with the trucking community.

Supporting the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s online DPF maintenance training videos, available in seven languages.

The NWSA also collaborated with the Pacific Northwest trucking community and various agencies: Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington Department of Ecology, African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, City of Seattle, and Washington Trucking Associations.

IAPH established the World Ports Sustainability Program in 2018. Guided by the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, it aims to unite sustainability efforts of ports worldwide, encouraging international cooperation between all partners involved in the maritime supply chain.

About International Association of Ports and Harbors : Founded in 1955, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) is a non-profit-making global alliance of 170 ports and 140 port-related organizations covering 90 countries. Its member ports handle more than 60 percent of global maritime trade and around 80% of world container traffic. IAPH has consultative NGO status with several United Nations agencies. In 2018, IAPH established the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP). Guided by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, it aims to unite sustainability efforts of ports worldwide, encouraging international cooperation between all partners involved in the maritime supply chain. WPSP covers five main areas of collaboration: energy transition, resilient infrastructure, safety and security, community outreach and governance.

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Barb Wilson hired as Port of Seattle Commission Chief of Staff

SEATTLE – Barb Wilson joins the Port of Seattle as the Chief of Staff for its five-member elected body, the Port of Seattle Commission. Wilson brings 25 years of experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors in Seattle.

“We are thrilled that Barb Wilson will be joining the Port of Seattle as commission chief of staff,” said Commission President Peter Steinbrueck. “She brings the experience and depth of knowledge we need as we chart a course for relief and economic recovery in these unprecedented times.”

Wilson worked for 10 years as the Executive Director of the Seattle Planning Commission, where she was responsible for overall operations and advised city officials on complex urban planning and development issues.

Most recently, she was the Director of Government Affairs at Vulcan Inc., the investment and project management firm founded by the late Paul G. Allen. In this role, Wilson was responsible for local and state government affairs efforts working with Vulcan teams on a broad range of projects, including the company’s real estate development, philanthropic policy, and arts and entertainment efforts.

Wilson holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Washington, and a bachelor’s in political science from University of California, San Diego. She is a long time resident of West Seattle. In her free time enjoys coaching her son’s soccer team, kayaking, exploring Seattle’s food scene, and spending time with friends and family.

– Port of Seattle


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