The Port strives to implement products and processes that are environmentally friendly in all areas of operation. This includes environmental requirements that are part of capital improvement and business development projects as well as individual Port initiated projects. We believe that sustainable business is good business. Take a look at a list of our environmental projects below.
In 2010, the Port of Coos Bay completed the Transpacific Parkway Realignment Project for the Coos Bay rail line. One of the requirements for the project was to create a minimum of 1.64 acres of wetlands and preservation of 0.91 acres of vegetated buffer to mitigate for 0.98 acres of wetland impact from the project.
The Charleston Marina received two electric carts for operations and daily maintenance operations. The electric carts will help increase the efficiency and improve the air quality in the marina and shipyard.
We just completed the procurement of new LED lighting fixtures for all the docks, parking areas and buildings through the Energy Trust of Oregon. The project also combines grant funding from the Oregon State Marine Board’s safety and security matching grant program to also install new light poles at the inner basin dock heads. We expect to benefit from an anticipated 9% savings in electrical costs and recoup 50% of our investment once the light fixtures are installed. These lights are brighter, more efficient, and, pursuant to manufacturer statements, require almost no maintenance for at least the next 20 years.