Environmental Programs

Mission Statement
To understand the local environment and advise Port leadership and staff on responsible environmental stewardship.
Vision Statement
Through continual improvement in practices and stewardship, become an environmentally sustainable Port for current and future generations.


The Port of Olympia strives to operate and develop our facilities in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner while adhering to our overall mission of providing economic benefits to the citizens of Thurston County.

Our environmental programs include:
  • Implementation of best management practices and ongoing improvement of our marine terminal stormwater management program
  • Incorporation of sustainable practices, such as recycling of materials and energy and water conservation in Port operations
  • Partnerships with our tenants to improve environmental practices at the Port
  • Remediation of historic industrial contamination to benefit the environment, facilitate redevelopment and improve cargo efficiency

Featured Current Projects

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

As part of its continuing focus on sustainability, the Port of Olympia has completed a baseline inventory of greenhouse gas emissions generated by Port activities at its downtown and airport facilities.

Green Marine Environmental Certification

The Port of Olympia has joined the Green Marine environmental certification program, making it one of the first 40 Port Authorities to do so globally, and following the Ports of Seattle and Longview, only the third regional Port. Green Marine is a voluntary third party certification program that requires participating port authorities to establish baseline performance indicators in multiple facets of Marine Terminal operations, and then demonstrate tangible year-over-year improvements to maintain certification. The certification system evaluates six distinct operational areas, including:
  • Spill Prevention
  • Dry Bulk Handling and Storage
  • Community Impacts
  • Environmental Leadership
  • Waste Management
  • Greenhouse Gases

Environmental Programs Goal

Our goal is to deliver Port services and improve our facilities while meeting or exceeding regulatory requirements. We look forward to improved collaboration with the community and our customers as we assume a leadership role in the environmental stewardship of our publicly owned properties in Budd Inlet and Tumwater.

Environmental Brochure

For information about our environmental projects, please see the Port Environmental Brochure.