About the Ports Initiative
The Ports Initiative vision is to develop and implement environmentally sustainable port strategies. These strategies will identify opportunities and find solutions to create healthy air quality in communities and reduce climate risk, while supporting jobs and the economy.
Ports are the main gateway for U.S. trade and are critical to the economies of many cities and regions. In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on the globalization of trade and the transportation infrastructure needed to support it. As our nation adapts to meet these demands, it is important to consider what this growth means for the environment.
Over the years, EPA has been working with ports through a number of programs. Through its Ports Initiative, EPA explores effectively partnering with port stakeholders to identify opportunities and find and fund solutions that create more sustainable ports systems by:
- encouraging environmental progress at ports and reducing climate risk;
- supporting operational and technological improvements to increase efficiency;
- improving community health and air quality; and
- encouraging sustainable economic development that supports our economy and jobs.