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| Green Flag Wins National Award |
The innovative and successful "Green Flag" program, which cleans the air by slowing cargo ships in the harbor, has earned the Port of Long Beach a national environmental excellence award.
This one-of-a kind program was recognized in March by the National Association of Environmental Professionals with its Environmental Management Award. The honor was presented at the organization's annual conference in San Diego.
The award is given to organizations and programs that achieve "lasting contributions to improving environmental methods, improving the quality of the environment, and reducing impacts on the environment," said Jim Melton, President of the National Association of Environmental Professionals.
Clean Truck Program Speeding Ahead
The Port has adopted a landmark Clean Trucks Program to replace and modernize the entire port trucking fleet and slash truck-related air pollution by 80 percent by 2012. Book Your Harbor Tour Reservations
Late last year the Harbor Commission voted to progressively ban old, dirty trucks from serving the Port, starting October 1, 2008.
The Commission also enacted a cargo fee that will be part of a $2 billion subsidy program to help finance the lease or purchase of new, cleaner trucks.
In March the Commission put the final touches on the plan, voting unanimously to adopt a truck concession requirement that will help identify "clean" trucks, ensure reliable short-haul ("drayage") service, and improve air quality, security and safety.
From towering gantry cranes to massive cargo ships to sunbathing sea lions, there's much to see on a Port of Long Beach harbor tour. Security Director Named 'Most Influential'
It's a chance to witness one of the world's busiest seaports at work, to see cargo operations in the harbor and learn how the Port has become a global leader in environmental stewardship.
No wonder the cruises are a popular attraction in Long Beach.
From May through October, the free, 90-minute, narrated Port tours depart from Shoreline Village's Rainbow Harbor.
Cosmo Perrone's mission to revamp and modernize security at the Port of Long Beach has not gone unnoticed by the security industry. The Port's Director of Security has been recognized as one of the "Top 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry" by Security Magazine (securitymag.com), a leading trade journal. Exporting to Outer Space
"Port Authority Visionary" is how the journal described Perrone, who has brought the Port's Security Division into the 21st century with his focus on efficient organization, cutting-edge technology and best security practices.
Perrone, a former security director in Long Beach for aerospace giant Boeing, has served as the Port's Director of Security for three years. In that time he has been instrumental in shifting the Port's security operations from a localized law-enforcement model to one that emphasizes homeland security, asset protection and inter-agency cooperation.
The two vessels couldn't look more different. One cuts a dashing figure, a trim but imposing cruiser bristling with communications towers and dishes. The other is the odd duck, a soaring platform converted from a mobile oil rig, with 10 massive legs atop two pontoons the size of Trident submarines.
Together, the two vessels, berthed side-by-side at the Port of Long Beach, comprise the fleet of Sea Launch, the world's first and only ocean-based satellite-launching enterprise of its kind.
Based on 16 acres of the former Long Beach Naval Complex, the thriving operation is a business partnership with a decidedly international flavor, with American, Norwegian, Russian and Ukrainian business interests.
The international mix has worked well, with the operation expecting to loft six satellites into orbit this year, for a variety of customers from around the world.
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Richard D. Steinke
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It's only spring, but these have been a busy first few months of the year at the Port of Long Beach.
In a major environmental milestone, the Harbor Commission in February and March approved the final elements of an extremely ambitious Clean Trucks Program
, setting in motion a sweeping modernization of the truck fleet that will improve air quality by reducing pollution from short-haul trucks by 80 percent in four years. Read more... Beyond the
"Let's Talk Port" is a series of community forums designed to share information about the Port and to hear the public's thoughts on Port-related issues.
At these informal get-togethers held throughout Long Beach, Port staff answer questions and listen to comments on issues including how the Port operates, creating a "green" seaport, improving security, future improvement projects, and jobs and careers.
The first four "Let's Talks" were successfully held before gatherings of dozens of people at Dooley Elementary School, Franklin Middle School, Rogers Middle School and International Elementary School.
The Port will continue the "Let's Talk" series on April 16 at 7 p.m. at Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave., and May 14 at 7 p.m. at Stearns Champions Park, 4520 E. 23rd St.
We hope to see you there!
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