(Annapolis, MD – August 15, 2016) – The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay recognizes Tradepoint Atlantic, a 3,100-acre multimodal industrial site located at Sparrows Point as a Businesses for the Bay Gold Member. Tradepoint Atlantic joins a growing partnership of large and small businesses in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that are undertaking voluntary actions to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed, rivers, and streams.

Businesses for the Bay provides a network for its Members to share strategies and successes with other Members and partners, as well as opportunities to engage employees in environmental efforts, and receive recognition for the valuable role each Member is taking to help improve the environment. As a Gold Member, the Alliance recognizes Tradepoint Atlantic for its commitment to environmental protection and restoration.

Tradepoint Atlantic, part of the Port of Baltimore, is the largest privately owned industrial site and terminal on the east coast. The property has been transformed to an ecofriendly, modern, multi-modal logistics center following a 125 year legacy as a steel mill at Sparrows Point.

The newly formed internal “Green Team” at Tradepoint Atlantic has started to accomplish some of their sustainability goals. They keep trash out of our waterways by using a broom when cleaning outdoor areas, instead of a hose, and installed outdoor cigarette butt receptacles, to help keep cigarettes out of the water. They have studied the site’s flood vulnerability, which could help them maintain a property more resilient to climate change. The team is also engaged in the community; they supported Clean Bread & Cheese Creek‘s clean-up efforts in spring 2016 and plan to continue to facilitate community clean-ups in the coming year.

The “Green Team” will work with its corporate executive team to examine best practices for sustainability within the office, including doing their part to keep plastic out of our waterways by limiting the use of disposable plastic in their office. The new goals for the year include planting native trees and native plants that provide cover in winter, as part of a greening initiative for the property. The Tradepoint Atlantic team will also examine the feasibility of creating a living shoreline around the property and controlling stormwater runoff via various green practices in their land development strategy.

Michael Moore, CEO of Tradepoint Atlantic noted, “Tradepoint Atlantic is excited to be part of the Alliance for Chesapeake Bay, whose mission aligns seamlessly with our current plans to incorporate sustainable thinking into decision-making throughout the site’s 3,100 acres and beyond.”

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Business Partnerships Manager, Corinne Stephens, stated, “Through the Alliance’s Businesses for the Bay membership association, we help businesses to have a positive impact on Chesapeake Bay restoration, to expand their own sustainability programs, and to be recognized for their environmental successes.”

For more information about this Businesses for the Bay Gold Member, please visit our Member Directory or http://businesses.allianceforthebay.org/member/tradepoint-atlantic-sparrows-point.