USA. Port of Houston Authority commits to second stretch in environmental performance program

Tuesday, 21 November 2006

The Port of Houston Authority was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, yesterday, for renewing its commitment to implement environmentally beneficial practices that go beyond regulatory requirements. 

As part of the National Environmental Performance Track program, the port has committed to reduce total water use by 5 percent, non-hazardous waste by 15 percent, emissions of volatile organic compounds by 15 percent, and energy use by 10 percent.  It will also construct about 70 acres of wetlands from recycled construction material. 

“The Port of Houston Authority charted a new path for others to follow when it became the first port in the nation to join Performance Track three years ago.” said Richard E. Greene, EPA Regional Administrator. “They continue to encourage other top companies by showing that environmental stewardship and economic prosperity can go hand-in-hand.” 

The Performance Track program recognizes facilities that work with their communities, set three-year goals for continuous improvements in environmental performance beyond regulatory compliance, and have internal systems in place to manage their environmental programs. Performance Track facilities must meet all environmental regulatory requirements and make additional commitments to the environment. 

“The Port of Houston Authority is committed to taking the lead on environmental initiatives that provide quality of life improvements in neighboring communities, and being a part of the Performance Track Program reinforces this commitment.  Our environmental stewardship is embraced by every level of our organization.  It is and will continue to be engrained in every thing we do.” said H. Thomas Kornegay, Executive Director for the Port of Houston Authority.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 November 2006 )