Our Commitment to the Environment

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Many people already know that the Port of Green Bay plays a critical role in the region's economy and supports hundreds of local jobs. But did you know that waterborne shipping leads the way in environmentally smart transportation?

Waterborne transportation quietly moves more cargo farther, safer and more efficiently than trucks and railway. For example, the largest Great Lakes vessels can carry approximately 70,000 tons of cargo in a single trip. It would take 3,000 trucks or 700 rail cars to carry the same load. This means that not only is shipping more efficient, it also produces significantly less carbon emissions to ship the cargo that is vital to our economy. Shipping also generates the least amount of air, ground and water pollution.

In addition, ships have fewer spills and accidents and create less noise when compared with railway or truck. Ships also relieve congestion on our already busy roadways.  For these reasons, the Port of Green Bay has a bright future not only economically, but environmentally, which benefits everyone.

Port Businesses - Committed to Sustainability

The Terminal Operators located along the Port of Green Bay have a strong commitment and sense of responsibility to be leaders in sustainability and preserving the environment for future generations.

Learn more about each Terminal Operator's environmental efforts:

The shipping industry plays a key role in preserving our energy resources. The Port of Green Bay works closely with local, state and national organizations to further advance the preservation of our waterways so that shipping and commerce can continue to benefit Northeast Wisconsin for years to come.

The Port of Green Bay is committed to doing its part to take care of the waterways used to help Wisconsin businesses thrive. The port is an active member of Marine Delivers, an organization dedicated to demonstrating the economic importance and environmental sustainability of shipping on the Great Lakes Seaway System.

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Environmental Benefits of Shipping