Seven Harris County residents serve as Port Commissioners of the Port of Houston Authority, setting policy and guiding the Port Authority’s executive staff to ensure that the Port of Houston continues to lead as a powerful economic engine for the region and Texas. Port Commissioners volunteer their services and are unpaid, and may serve a maximum of 12 years, or six two-year terms.
The Port of Houston has grown into one of the world’s busiest ports through the cultivation of clients and tenants from throughout the world. Developing new lines of business and customers requires the service and attention to detail that the Port Authority’s staff excels in.
The Port of Houston is an economic engine that produces jobs and economic prosperity for the local and state economy. Throughout its history, whenever the port has grown, Houston has grown. Someone once wisely pointed out that Houston is “the town that built the port that built the city.
The Port of Houston is vital to the local, state and national economy. Maintaining and improving the public facilities ensures the continued economic impact of the port. Keeping the port secure so that business can flow freely is also an essential responsibility.
The Port Authority plans to undertake significant infrastructure improvements in the next few years to ensure that the Port of Houston can accommodate the advent of larger vessels and increased cargo resulting from the pending Panama Canal expansion in 2016, as well as the expected future demographic growth in the region.
The Port of Houston Authority has been singled out on numerous occasions for a variety of awards and recognition for its business management and communications methods as well as its commitment to improving the environment.
The 2001 American Association of Port Authorities’ Environmental Improvement Award for testing of alternative fuels in off-road fleet equipment.
In 2002, became the first U.S. port authority with an Environmental Management System that meets ISO 14001 standards for environmental excellence.
The 2002 American Association of Port Authorities’ environmental achievement honor, the Calvin Hurst Award, for the Port Authority’s innovative environmental management system.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s 2003 Environmental Excellence Award for the Houston Ship Channel deepening and widening project as an initiative that provides positive impact on state’s air, water and land.
In 2004, became the first U.S. port authority recertified to the new ISO 14001:2004 standard for its environmental management system.
The Mayor’s Proud Partner Award in 2004 from Keep Houston Beautiful Award for the Mighty Tidy stormwater pollution prevention program.
The Mayor’s Outstanding Proud Partner Award in 2005 from Keep Houston Beautiful for numerous environmental efforts to improve area waterways.
President George Bush’s 2007 E Star Award for export service, the highest award given in recognition of the Port of Houston Authority’s support of exports. The Port Authority also received an E Award in 1981 and it was presented by Vice President George H.W. Bush.
In 2008, became the world's first port authority to receive ISO 28000:2007 certification for its security management system.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council has recognized the Port Authority's efforts to improve air quality for four consectutive years: 2009 Clean Air Action Champion Award: 2010 Best All-Around Clean Air Leadership Award; 2011 re-recognized the Port Authority along with other companies which have substantially decreased emissions; and 2012 Clean Air Action Leadership Award as the Outstanding
TERP (Texas Emissions Reduction Plan) Participant.
Named "Port Authority of the Year" at the Containerisation International Awards 2011.
The Gulf Guardian award four times from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): in 2011 for an international demonstration of fuel-switching on ocean-going vessels in the Gulf of Mexico, in 2008 for the Clean and Green Program, in 2004 for its storm water pollution cleanup program, and in 2000 for the Houston Ship Channel demonstration marsh.
Awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 41 consecutive years by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, through fiscal year 2014.
Received certificates of distinction from the Government Treasurers' Organization of Texas, each valid for two years, under its Investment Policy Certification Program in March 2013 and March 2015.
Earned Platinum Leadership Circle Awards (2014 and 2015) and two Gold Leadership Circle Awards (2012 and 2013) for financial transparency under the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle Program.