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Enviva's Port of Chesapeake Terminal receives Elizabeth River Project award

The world's largest wood pellet producer US-based Enviva Partners LP (Enviva) has announced its Port of Chesapeake Terminal in Virginia (VA) was the recipient of the Elizabeth River Project’s “Sustained Distinguished Performance River Star Business” award. The Elizabeth River Project is a non-profit organization that leads community efforts to restore the environmental health of the Elizabeth River while affirming the river’s continued value to the port economy near Hampton Roads.

Enviva’s Port of Chesapeake Terminal in Virginia (VA) was the recipient of the Elizabeth River Project’s “Sustained Distinguished Performance River Star Business” award. The Elizabeth River Project is a non-profit organization that leads community efforts to restore the environmental health of the Elizabeth River while affirming the river’s continued value to the port economy near Hampton Roads (photo courtesy Enviva).

This esteemed, annual award is given to companies that have completed a significant new initiative while maintaining a commitment to the values of the Elizabeth River Project. This year, the organization recognized Enviva’s Port of Chesapeake Terminal for the successful deployment of several environmental initiatives.

We are honored to be the recipient of the Elizabeth River Project’s award for Enviva’s work to restore the Elizabeth River’s ecosystem. We are especially proud and inspired by our team at the Port of Chesapeake Terminal for their work and dedication. From helping to restore oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay to implementing important sustainability initiatives, our team has shown their dedication to improving the Elizabeth River and playing a vital role in protecting our natural resources, said Thomas Meth, EVP, and Co-Founder of Enviva.

Committed to restoring the Elizabeth River to the highest level of environmental quality through government, business, and community partnerships, the River Restoration Advisory Committee – comprised of River Star peers and technical experts – reviews River Star applications every fall for entry and advancement into the program.

To receive recognition at the “Model Level,” applicants must achieve exceptional accomplishments in pollution prevention and wildlife habitat and be a community leader in environmental stewardship.

Top model terminal

Commissioned in November 2011, Enviva’s Port of Chesapeake Terminal serves as the shipment point for pellets manufactured at its mid-Atlantic pellet production facilities and can host a wide variety of vessels, up to a 42-foot draft.

The terminal includes two wood pellet storage domes with 45 000 tonnes of storage capacity each and built to withstand extreme conditions including hurricanes, winds up to 300 mph, and an 8+ Richter scale earthquake.

Enviva has successfully implemented sustainable projects to help improve water quality, reduce energy use, and ultimately benefit the Elizabeth River’s ecosystem. Throughout the last year, Enviva reduced energy use with LED lighting, improved its HVAC systems throughout its facility, as well as enhance the stormwater runoff systems.

The Elizabeth River Project congratulates Enviva’s Port of Chesapeake terminal on the Sustained Distinguished Performance award. This award recognizes the top ‘Model Level’ efforts in our River Star Business Program.  Enviva is a great neighbor and they are doing right by the river.  We’re thrilled Enviva is here, said Pam Boatwright, Deputy Director Administration & River Star Businesses Program Manager.

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