Port of Tacoma recognized by American Association of Port Authorities with award of excellence

The Port of Tacoma has earned an Award of Excellence from the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) for our educational outreach and environmental awareness campaign.

The campaign kicked off on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day 2020, and features an interactive story map that links narratives, photos, videos and maps to entertain and educate the community about the Port’s habitat restoration efforts and how these investments are making a positive impact on the health of fish and wildlife in and around the Tacoma Tideflats.

“Many community members, even those familiar with Port operations, do not realize the investments the Port has made in the natural resources that surround it,” said Jason Jordan, director of Environmental Programs at the Port of Tacoma. “The habitat restoration map is a great way to share the story of the Port’s habitation restoration program.”

“This recognition from AAPA is a great validation of the Port’s efforts to stay engaged with our stakeholders in the Tacoma and Pierce county communities,” said Port Executive Director Eric Johnson.

Award winners will be recognized at the 2020 AAPA Annual Convention, AAPA Anywhere: Together Apart, on Monday, Sept. 21.

About American Association of Port Authorities

Founded in 1912 and recognized as the unified voice of seaports in the Americas, AAPA today represents 130 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 200 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports. According to IHS Markit’s GTA Forecasting (previously known as World Trade Service), combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere seaports in 2018 totaled nearly 4.2 billion metric tons in volume and US$3.7 trillion in value. Of that combined total, seaports in Central and South America handled 1.86 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$1.17 trillion, while North American seaports handled 2.34 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.53 trillion. Within North America, U.S. seaports handled 1.01 billion metric tons of international trade valued at US$1.95 trillion, while Canada’s seaports handled 380.53 million metric tons of goods valued at US$266.67 billion, and Mexico’s seaports handled 352.53 million metric tons of cargo valued at US$312.91 billion. To meet the growing demand for trade, the AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.

About the Port of Tacoma

The Port of Tacoma is an economic engine for South Puget Sound. More than 29,000 jobs are generated by port activity, which also provides $195 million per year in state and local taxes to support education, roads and police and fire protection for our community. As a partner in The Northwest Seaport Alliance, the Port of Tacoma is also a major cargo gateway to Asia and Alaska.