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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 two air monitoring stations. The Port is also partnering with the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, Center for Birds of Prey, Wounded Nature Working Veterans, 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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Land

SCPA 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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Did You Know?

SCPA contributed $5 million to the Lowcountry Open Land Trust in January 2015 to support conservation efforts in the Cooper River Corridor.

Air

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

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Did You Know?

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

Water

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

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Did You Know?

SCPA is engaged in the restoration of 22 acres of saltwater marsh and has created 12 acres of new oyster beds around Charleston Harbor.

People

SCPA’s community outreach and community giving programs recognize the importance of being a good neighbor.

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Did You Know?

Charleston Waterkeeper, Wounded Nature – Working Veterans, and Team BackPack Journalists are just 3 of the 71 charitable organizations that received support from SCPA’s Community Giving Program in FY2020.