As an integral part of Western Washington transportation, Washington State Ferries is doing its part to be more environmentally-friendly.

In celebration of Earth Day, WSF announced the launch of a two-year Sustainability Action Plan, which includes initiatives to protect orca whales, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, reduce waste, and more.

According to the announcement, the plan addresses “some of the toughest challenges facing the ferry system.” WSF is the largest consumer of diesel fuel in the state, burning more than 18 million gallons each year, and the operations generate the most carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions within the state transportation system.

“Because we operate our 23 ferries on Puget Sound and manage 20 terminals on its shores, we have an obligation to ensure WSF is doing everything we can to protect our environment,” said Assistant Secretary Amy Scarton in a prepared statement. “This plan lays out our commitment to tackle these issues and continue our efforts to make Washington’s ferry system the greenest in the world.”

The action plan includes six focus areas: greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, biodiversity, water, waste, and community impacts and engagement. It also helps to fulfill the Washington State Department of Transportation’s goals established by Gov. Jay Inslee in his Executive Orders 18-01 and 18-02.

More information regarding the plan can be found here.





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