We Take Green Seriously

The Port of Hueneme is committed to protecting the environment and supporting a healthy quality of life. The Port plays a valuable role in the health and viability of the local and regional economies and takes very seriously its role as an active community partner and as an environmental steward. Promoting the Port’s environmental stewardship efforts is a proven way to build support and trust from the local community and is why community engagement is a component of the Port’s environmental policy framework.

Environmental Steward

Implementing green initiatives are the way we do business at The Port of Hueneme. In partnerships with our customers, The Port strives to minimize the environmental impacts associated with trade operations on the local community.

  • Full compliance with federal, state and local regulations, and implementation of pollution prevention measures
  • The Environmental Framework is an action plan for The Port to expand its environmental stewardship program

Port Environmental Framework

The Port’s Environmental Framework is a critical element of the Port’s community engagement and “Being a Good Neighbor”. The Port works closely with other community organizations and associations that foster sustainable economic development within the community. Under its environmental framework the Port is building a strategic action plan in the key areas of air quality, water quality, marine resources, sediments, energy efficiency and climate change. The plan is threaded with the concept of sustainability balanced with economic vitality.

The environmental framework also includes a standalone piece on community engagement, to best solicit input on the Port’s environmental initiatives as well as form partnerships to explore and realize synergies to build joint ventures. Community engagement is achieved by soliciting input from the community residents and other stakeholders, educating the public on the Port’s environmental framework and success, and seeking partnerships to prosper the following environmental programs:

  • Clean Air Program
  • Clean Water Programs
  • Soil/Sediment Programs
  • Energy Programs
  • Climate Change Programs
  • Marine Resources, Fisheries and Wildlife Programs
  • Sustainability Programs

Green Initiatives

  • The Port, and every port tenant, is proactive about reducing emissions by using cleaner burning fuels in the vessels and equipment used to move cargo
  • Clean energy at The Port includes using energy efficient utilities and alternative fuels
  • Replacing conventional diesel with low emission propane-fueled trucks, and electrifying cargo handling equipment to reduce on-dock emissions
  • The Port actively monitors water quality to mitigate impacts to marine life and provides shoreside power for vessels and air quality improvement (over the 30 year life of the project)
    • 92% reduction in Particulate Matter
    • 55% reduction in Greenhouse Gases
    • 98% reduction in NOx
  • In 2010, the Port developed a Non-compliant Truck Reporting System (NCTRS) to document and report all trucks not in compliance with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) drayage truck regulation
  • In 2009, the Port voluntarily prepared an Air Emissions Inventory (EI) to quantify the air quality impacts associated with maritime operations
  • Implementing Phase I of a Stormwater Improvement Plan
  • Partnered with the US Navy and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to construct and monitor a Confined  Aquatic Disposal Cell to dispose of contaminated sediment

Download The Port of Hueneme Environmental Management Framework

Port Environmental Framework

Environmental Stewardship Award

In April 2017, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors recognized the Port of Hueneme for its environmental initiatives, presenting it with a County of Ventura 2017 Earth Day Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship. The award was presented by Supervisor Kelly Long to Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Mary Anne Rooney and Port Director & CEO Kristin Decas.

Every year in recognition of Earth Day, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors recognizes sustainability leaders in the community. Each Supervisor can recognize one such leader, and this year Supervisor Long put forward the Oxnard Harbor District as the top organization to honor. Read More

Green Marine Certification

Green Marine CertificationIn 2017, The Port of Hueneme became the first California port to earn its Green Marine Certification this month. Green Marine’s environmental program assists ports, terminal operators and shipping lines in reducing their environmental footprint through a comprehensive program that addresses key environmental issues and criteria using 11 performance indicators including air emissions, prevention of spills and leakages, community impacts, and environmental leadership. The Port received the highest possible scores in the spill prevention, environmental leadership, and community impact categories. Being that Green Marine is completely voluntary, it affirms even further Port of Hueneme’s commitment to staying on the leading edge of environmental stewardship. Read More

Greenest Port of the Year

The Port’s cutting edge environmental programs and strategic implementation of eco-friendly action plans received high accolades at fall 2017’s Green Shipping Summit held in Los Angeles. The Port was honored with “The Greenest Port of the Year” award, and Port Director/CEO Kristin Decas received “Maritime Executive of the Year”.

The Port ultimately won Summit delegates over by showcasing its commitment to not only speaking about the importance of sustainable environmental practices, but dedicating the funding and manpower to bring these projects to life. Read More


  • Auto Import and Export

Auto Import and Export

A high value commodity handled at the Port of Hueneme includes the import and export of automobiles and other rolling stock. read more

  • California Fresh Port

California Fresh Port

The Port of Hueneme began 80 years ago with a mission to provide California’s central coast agricultural community with an ocean link read more