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Port Grant Provides Solar Lighting for Search & Rescue

Tower to be used to illuminate emergency command posts

March 8, 2013

The Port of Long Beach has awarded $26,500 to Long Beach Search & Rescue for the purchase of a solar LED emergency lighting tower. 

Long Beach Search & Rescue, a nonprofit organization that assists law enforcement and fire personnel in emergency situations, will use the U.S.-made tower to light up command posts and DUI checkpoints. The solar-powered lighting replaces traditional diesel-powered models, thereby avoiding greenhouse gas emissions related to fossil fuel use. 

The lighting tower is among 28 projects that were awarded a total of $5.4 million by the Port in 2012 to reduce, avoid, or capture emissions of greenhouse gases. Other projects include the planting of a native garden at Long Beach Civic Center, solar electricity at Long Beach Rescue Mission and boiler replacement at St. Mary Medical Center.

Funds for the grants are generated through Port construction projects such as the Middle Harbor Redevelopment and Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement.

In addition to the greenhouse gas grants, the Port has awarded $5 million in mitigation funding to health care and senior facilities, and $4.7 million to schools and related sites. 

The Port's Community Mitigation Grant Programs are designed to offset some of the negative impacts of development and port operations that cannot be completely eliminated through technology.

For more information on the Port's Community Mitigation Grants Program, click here.

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