PVA welcomes Kitsap Transit to its Green WATERS Program
March 1, 2013 · Updated 4:13 PM
The Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) recognized Kitsap Transit as a member of its GreenWATERS Program for its dedication and commitment to a cleaner, greener marine environment.
Members of WATERS (We Are Taking Environmental Responsibility/Stewardship) around the U.S. have taken it upon themselves to reduce their environmental impact in a variety of ways, including reducing fuel consumption, conserving potable water, using less harmful chemicals near waterways, conserving energy and working with employees to create a greener workplace.
The PVA Green WATERS Program was designed exclusively for the passenger vessel industry as a voluntary program aimed at reducing waste and operating in a cleaner, greener, more sustainable environment. Because this is a voluntary program, all the participants are engaged due to a personal sense of responsibility, rather than being forced to comply.
To date, dozens of passenger vessel operations from around the country are participating in the program. Using online tools developed by PVA for its membership, vessel operators are utilizing an array of “Best Green Business Practices” that include:
• Office Operations
• Power Sources
• Fuel Type and Consumption
• Galley Processes
• Engine Maintenance and Emissions
• Vessel Design and Construction
• Paperless Marketing Materials and Collateral
• Reservations and Ticketing
• Water Consumption
• Environmental Training
“I commend Kitsap Transit for its dedication to the marine environment because America’s waterways depend on organizations like this one who strive to make a difference for cleaner water for everyone to enjoy,” said PVA Executive Director John Groundwater.
KT’s Green WATERS program vessels, the Admiral Pete and the Rich Passage I, achieved the green practices designation with a host of environmental practices, such as:
• Installing energy-efficient windows, LED lighting and cabinets made of sustainable materials
• Powering the vessels with energy efficient engines that also cut emissions
• Fueling with ultra-low sulfur diesel
• Using a vessel hull that minimizes environmental damage and was designed with recyclable
• Maintaining the vessels in environmentally friendly ways such as recycling oil filters and
using cleaning products that do no harm to the environment
“We are pleased to be able to improveour passenger vessels while also reducing the agency’s carbon footprint,” said Kitsap Transit Capital Director Wendy Clark-Getzin. “This ties in well to Kitsap Transit’s larger sustainability efforts and allows the agency to further comply with its greenhouse gases emissions policy.”
She said it also supports the agency’s Vision: Kitsap Transit leads the delivery of a quality, coordinated and sustainable transportation network to serve the changing needs of Kitsap County residents.