Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Port of Long Beach Awards Pollution Reduction Grants

The Long Beach Harbor Commission on Aug. 20 awarded $5.4 million to nonprofit groups, agencies and port tenants to fund 28 projects that will reduce, avoid or capture emissions of greenhouse gases.
Recipients of this round of grants include port marine terminal operators, area hospitals, schools and nonprofit organizations.

The awards were the third round from the port’s Community Mitigation Grant Programs, which are designed to off-set environmental impacts from port construction projects.

The awarded projects incorporate available technologies to cut pollution, but there are residual impacts that the grant programs are designed to address.

The grants were recommended by an advisory committee of community members and representatives from air quality regulatory agencies and industry.

The Port Grant Programs were established in 2009 by the Long Beach Harbor Commission to lessen the health effects of port-related air pollution and to reduce greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gas grants were awarded in four categories this round: energy efficiency, landscaping, renewable energy and transportation.

A complete list of GHG grant recipients can be seen at www.polb.com/grants.