Port of Tacoma & Northwest Seaport Alliance – Environmental Action Plan

From the ports of Tacoma and Seattle emerges the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), a transformative partnership supporting environmental stewardship. The Environmental Action Plan (EAP) guides the completion of our core environmental goals and commits to actions with timelines and milestones to measure progress across the Port and NWSA. EAP is the guidepost for these programs and imbeds environmental health targets at every level of the Ports’ operations.

NWSA is committed to renewable energy sources, aiming to eliminate port-generated greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Efforts focus on renewable energy adoption, energy efficiency, and carbon emission reduction from on-the-ground port activities. Long-term sustainability requires green infrastructure. We integrate climate resilience, transportation efficiency, and sustainable practices to enhance port operations while minimizing environmental impacts. EAP details new onshore power supply installations and state of the art stormwater infrastructure.

Our priority is alignment of Port and community objectives, employing principles of equity and environmental justice. Through partnerships with American Indian Tribes and near-port communities we ensure sustainable, beneficial development for generations to come. We foster transparency in our work by publishing newsletters and developing a web portal to access up-to-date progress and engagement opportunities.

Digitalization enhances education, engagement, and transparency. In the past year, the Port of Tacoma has published more than 52 environmentally-focused posts reaching over 45,000 people. NWSA’s upcoming web portal offers a dashboard detailing progress toward clean air goals. This platform fosters shared responsibility and provides educational resources for community participation, bridging the gap between the Port and the public.

Environmental care permeates every aspect of our operations. Surpassing regulatory requirements, we employ best practices to mitigate pollution and safeguard ecosystems. From remediating more than 1100 acres of contaminated land, to restoring 215 acres of habitat sites, to implementing innovative stormwater treatment systems, environmental health is our priority.