Developed in partnership with the American Association of Port Authorities, GETF has launched the International Institute for Sustainable Seaports (I2S2), a nonprofit center of excellence designed to promote sustainable practices by port authorities, their tenants and members of the maritime community.  I2S2 focuses on the implementation of sustainable practices in order to ensure economic vitality while protecting environmental quality and community integrity. The I2S2 is a peer network for ports and their partners to exchange keys to success, lessons learned and cost-effective approaches for implementing sustainable practices.  The I2S2 provides a policy level platform for ports to work collaboratively together on developing best practices and helps ports define sustainable solutions to proactively address long-term issues.

Through a grant with the Port of Portland, I2S2 researched ports around the world to document how they implement sustainability and environmental best practice and processes.  On May 5, 2010, I2S2 also prepared and presented an inventory of innovative technologies to support the ports sector at the International Ports Sustainability Seminar in Charleston, South Carolina.  To view the inventory, click here (PDF).

In April 2010, the I2S2 presented Environmental Initiatives at Seaports Worldwide: A Snapshot of Best Practices (PDF), a research paper on the state of sustainable development for port authorities around the world, at several venues including the Green Port International Symposium.  Funding for the project was provided through a grant from the Port of Portland. The research objective was to provide a greater awareness and understanding of how ports sustainably manage their operations and development.  The anticipated result was a better understanding of the geographic, community, financial and regulatory drivers that impact port decision-making related to sustainability.

In 2013, I2S2 received a second grant from the Port of Portland to update the original findings. 2013 Update Environmental Initiatives Worldwide (PDF)  provides readers with an assessment of current environmental management initiatives at ports and the ability to gauge change (if any) in the advancement or decline of sustainability efforts, as demonstrated by a limited sampling of ports around the world.

Recently, representatives from the Ports of Portland, Seattle, Tacoma, Los Angeles, Vancouver US, San Diego, and Long Beach agreed to form a technical committee – the Joint West Coast Ports Technical Committee – in order to develop a compendium of sustainable design and construction guidelines limited to marine industrial development. The West Coast Ports Technical Committee’s Sustainable Design and Construction Guidelines (Excel) are a useful way for Project Managers to track sustainability strategies proposed and implemented across all types of projects at their port. The tool is set up to work for any port, but can be made more specific by addition of port-specific strategies. The tool and associated How-To Guide (PDF) are useful for Project Managers in decision-making, reporting, and recordkeeping.

For more information on I2S2, download the I2S2 Fact Sheet (PDF).