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Environmental Initiatives

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Striving to be the Greenest Port in the Southeast

There’s more to the Port of Charleston than just cargo, ships, trucks, and trains. In fact, the Port has taken on one of the state’s largest environmental efforts to date — and was one of the first in the nation to consider "people" impacts. Among its efforts, the Port has restored 22 acres of salt marsh on Drum Island, reduced port-related air emissions and is funding three air monitoring stations. The Port is also partners with environmental and other groups through annual charitable giving donations. The Port is constantly looking for ways to improve and minimize any environmental impacts while partnering with state and federal agencies where possible to bring lasting successes to the region.

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SC Ports is working to ensure that iconic landscapes and healthy ecosystems continue be a hallmark of the Charleston area for generations to come.

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Since 2016, SC Ports has preserved and restored nearly 3,000 acres of land in South Carolina by partnering with environmental groups.


SC Ports is focused on improving air quality and has committed to implementing a variety of emissions-reducing programs.

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The Clean Truck Program requires trucks to have post-1993 engines, and ensures that a reliable, cleaner trucking fleet will serve SC Ports container terminals to continue reducing port-related air emissions.


SC Ports’ efforts to protect and enhance water quality represent a long-term commitment to the health of South Carolina’s waterways.

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SC Ports restored 22 acres of saltwater marsh and created more than 12 acres of oyster beds in Charleston Harbor.


SC Ports’ community outreach and community giving programs recognize the importance of being a good neighbor.

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The Fiscal Year 2021 Community Giving Program focused on hunger relief, educational programs, workforce training and environmental initiatives.