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Filters Clean Air for St. Anthony High School Students

Downtown campus benefits from Community Grant Program

May 1, 2012

New stand-alone filters are cleaning the air at St. Anthony High School in Long Beach thanks to a $291,021 grant from the Port of Long Beach's Community Grant Programs. The filters remove soot and other airborne particles, making for cleaner classroom air.

The project is already installed and working in three of St. Anthony's four buildings. The fourth will be equipped as part of an upcoming renovation. Kelly Jondle, Development Director and Facilities Manager at the downtown Long Beach 9th-12th grade school, said he's looking forward to seeing how well the filters work over the next year.

St. Anthony received the grant from the schools and related sites program of the Port Community Grant Programs. The Port's schools program has awarded nearly $5 million in Long Beach.
 
The Port of Long Beach follows a comprehensive Green Port Policy to reduce the impacts of port operations and development on neighbors and the environment. For example, the Clean Air Action Plan has reduced particulate matter by 72 percent from 2005 to 2010. However, in order to further offset cumulative effects of port operations, the Board of Harbor Commissioners in 2009 established the Community Grant Programs.

The Port puts funds into the programs as part of starting new developments. Commissioners approved $15 million in community grants as part of its approval in 2009 of the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project. Of that, $5 million was allotted for schools and related sites.

For more information, go to www.polb.com/grants.

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