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A Commitment To Good Stewardship

Port Corpus Christi advances wide-ranging environmental plan

Through a multitude of initiatives, brought together through an ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System (EMS) that incorporates port users, Port Corpus Christi is at the forefront in its employee driven commitment to good environmental stewardship.

The port’s proactive, from-the-bottomup approach incorporates input on implementation of internal and external environmental policies from a core team of shop level representatives from each area of port operations with that from a management-level steering committee before advancement to senior port staff and commissioners.

The local community gets involved, too, with one example being the volunteer effort of student members of the Science and Spanish Club of Corpus Christi’s Martin Middle School in picking up trash along the port’s Joe Fulton International Trade Corridor roadway.

Port Corpus Christi’s comprehensive sustainability commitment covers a full spectrum of programs for improved storm water quality and reduced air emissions to lowered electrical consumption and recycling of numerous materials.

The port’s environmental policy is centered around “four C’s” – comply, commit, communicate and continually improve – and it’s clearly working. Corpus Christi is one of the largest U.S. urban areas and one of the nation’s few major port areas that is in attainment of federal clean-air standards, and the water in the port’s ship channel is of such high quality that it is used in the tanks at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi.

Port projects gain broad acceptance through extensive environmental reviews and public engagement.

The port operates public access areas on Nueces Bay and the Nueces River, providing entrée for recreational activities from fishing to kayaking.

In addition, Port Corpus Christi fosters healthy habitats for wildlife, including threatened and endangered species such as roseate spoonbills and piping plovers, with programs like the shore protection project on the port’s 200-acre Pelican Island property, supported in part through state and federal grants.

Another recent endeavor, funded largely through a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant, has repowered the port’s locomotive switch engine using modernized technology to cut its emissions in half.

And Port Corpus Christi is sharing its best practices by hosting the annual Gulf Ports Environmental Summit.