Did you know that Victoria is home to North America’s first purpose built, fully electric double-decker bus? Or that there are clean catch-basins around the harbour to minimize the impact of spills? Did you know that GVHA works with cruise lines to encourage burning cleaner fuels and reducing sound pollution, and provides information to cruise tourists who want to walk and cycle around the city? Green initiatives like these all come into play during GVHA’s annual Green Marine audit, which helps marine organizations benchmark their environmental initiatives against industry best practice.
“GVHA’s participation in Green Marine shows our leadership in the harbour and the community,” says GVHA environmental projects coordinator Al-Nashir Charania, who oversees the audit. His job includes monitoring new benchmarks, and planning for methods that GVHA can reach full ratings in each category.
GVHA’s facilities at Ogden Point earned a composite score of 4 out of 5 in the Green Marine rating for the 2015/16 year, with 5 out of 5 in two categories: spill prevention and community impact. The program has more than 100 participating organizations, from shipyards to cargo companies, and is supported by multiple government agencies and environmental non-government organizations.