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The Green Port Policy directs the Port to integrate sustainable practices into Port development and operations by actively promoting an organizational culture of environmental enhancement, fiscal responsibility, and community integrity. This culture extends beyond Port staff to the Port’s customers and other stakeholders.
Preservation of natural resources — for present and future generations — is the core benefit of sustainable practices. The Port is committed to training and communication to ensure that these practices extend to our activities when we’re at home, at school, or on vacation. Whether we are purchasing office supplies or designing a multi-million dollar marine terminal, we consider alternatives that have the lowest negative impact on society and the environment.
Click here to watch a video highlighting some of ways the Port of Long Beach is implementing sustainable practices in its operations.
- Implement sustainable practices in design and construction, operations, and administrative practices throughout the Port.
The Clean Air Action Plan and Sustainability
The Clean Air Action Plan, adopted by the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports in 2006, is guided by the three components of sustainability:
· Air quality improvements
· Energy/fuel efficiency improvements
· Advances new technologies
· Creates model for regulators and politicians
· Ecological health side benefits
· Equitable distribution of financial burden
· Helps the Port maintain its “license to operate”
· Human health risk reductions
· Includes stakeholders in decision making
· Creates jobs
· Process is transparent
· Protects integrity of workers
More information about the Clean Air Action Plan can be found here.
California passed landmark greenhouse gas legislation, The Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), in 2006. Although the state has yet to formalize greenhouse gas regulations for the port sector, the Port of Long Beach has already begun quantifying greenhouse gas emissions and formulating a plan for reductions. The Board of Harbor Engineers adopted a formal resolution establishing a framework for conducting business while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And we’ve assembled a multi-divisional Renewable Energy Working Group that is currently evaluating Port lands for solar- and wind-power opportunities.
Examples of Sustainable Practices
- The Port formed a Sustainability Task Force in 2005 to develop initial training materials and goals, and to take a baseline look at operational improvement. The task force has since morphed into the Green Port Integrating Committee’s working group, representing all divisions, with the specific task of integrating the Green Port Policy, including sustainability, into all operations. The procedures documented by the working group are shared in the spirit of continual improvement; performance measuring and reporting are soon to follow.
- The Engineering Bureau is in its second year of implementing an American Association of Port Authorities-guided Environmental Management System (EMS), which establishes sustainable storm water practices during our construction projects.
- Our waste paper and container recycling program is conducted in partnership with the Conservation Corps Long Beach, a non-profit organization that educates and trains at-risk youth.
- Landscaping projects are conducted in accordance with the Port’s Sustainable Landscape Palette which describes appropriate native and draught-tolerant species for our locale.
- The pilot solar car port has been up and running for almost a year. This is the first step in the process that will maximize renewable energy through the Harbor District.
- Green Building principles are incorporated into new building design through the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. Not only are buildings certified, but several Port staff are LEED Accredited Professionals, using their expertise in designing non-LEED buildings, as well.
- Environmentally-preferable purchasing, for everything from pens to fleet vehicles, informs the way we buy. In the future, we’ll be paying even more attention to carbon footprints, especially with regard to building materials.