At The Port of Virginia, sustainability is one of our six core values and a focus in all aspects of our work. Our program is anchored by four principles- healthy and safe operations, environmental stewardship, social accountability and financial responsibility. We are also investing in our communities, terminals and our people, so we can serve as the region’s economic engine for generations to come.
Our colleagues continually evaluate processes for opportunities to improve efficiency, enhance customer service, reduce environmental impacts, and create programs that help build better communities. Innovation and creativity are keys to our success. Alternative energy options, advanced engineering techniques, innovative technology, and merely changing the way we conduct business are just a few of the strategies that are executed to support our customers and enhance our operations.
We seek to improve air and water quality within our communities, advance stewardship of the Commonwealth’s ports, harbors, and navigable waterways, and increase efficiency of multi-modal transportation systems in the region, the nation and the world.
Mr. Kit Chope
Vice President, Sustainability
Mr. Scott Whitehurst
Director, Environmental Policy and Compliance
Mr. Billy Goodson
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Hampton Roads is one of the most susceptible regions in the United States to sea level rise. The nature of our business requires mindful attention and stewardship efforts to ensure the safety of our colleagues, the cargo we handle, and the communities in which we operate. In addition to accounting for sea level rise, our resiliency efforts span all types of potential disruptions- ranging from weather events to cyber-attacks to electrical power interruptions. The port has approached this challenge along several lines of effort understanding of our vulnerabilities to specific hazards. Through comprehensive assessments, modeling and analysis, we have identified critical infrastructure that may be exposed to hazards associated with flooding or extreme weather events. This knowledge allows us to invest wisely in infrastructure, equipment acquisition and maintenance activities to ensure we’re moving forward with an eye on the future.
Active engagement in the resiliency planning efforts of our neighboring communities and port partners is a critical component of maintaining safe port operations. Port colleagues have participated in numerous efforts locally, including the Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise and Resilience Intergovernmental Planning Pilot Project, the City of Norfolk’s Coastal Storm Risk Management Study, federally-funded Joint Land Use Studies, and US Department of Transportation’s development of a tool to quantify the impact of disruptions on the region’s transportation infrastructure. We are committed to a “whole of community” approach to developing solutions.
In addition to the studies, we appreciate our strong working relationships with regional partners through industry leading training programs like our Marine Fire Fighting School and our Search and Rescue Forum. Additionally, the port ensures that colleagues understand their responsibilities when normal operations are disrupted with our robust internal exercise program.
As a Catalyst for Commerce, we are honored that we can create safer, more resilient port facilities for our port partners and customers as we build on past successes.
The Port of Virginia is committed to conducting operations and managing resources in a fiscally responsible, environmentally sensitive and sustainable manner. It is the intent of each organization to:
- Drive excellence in operations through our commitment to customer service, process efficiency, and innovation.
- Employ management systems and procedures specifically designed to improve efficiency of operations, address customer needs, and prevent activities and conditions that pose a threat to human health, safety, and the environment through communication, education, proactive leadership, and compliance.
- Adhere to an established framework for setting objectives that create competitive advantage, manage risk, and demonstrate a commitment to continual improvement.
- Meet or exceed all applicable Federal, State, and Local environmental and health and safety laws and regulations, and other requirements subscribed to by the organization
- Integrate financial and environmental costs, risks, and impacts into port project development and facility improvements and to continually evaluate and improve operational efficiencies and practices to achieve our established environmental and business objectives.
- Promote pollution prevention, response and recovery, and environmental awareness through communication with colleagues, customers, industry partners, government agencies, neighboring communities and environmental organizations.
The Virginia Port Authority and Virginia International Terminals, L.L.C., are committed to the spirit and intent of this policy and the laws and regulations, which give it foundation.
John F. Reinhart
Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
Virginia Port Authority
Chief Operations Officer
Virginia International Terminals, L.L.C.