Tuesday, February 5, 2013

LA Port Subject of New Children’s Book

The Port of Los Angeles’ environmental programs and green technologies are the focus of a new children’s book, “A Cleaner Port. A Brighter Future. The Greening of the Port of Los Angeles.

The book, written by Robyn C. Friend and Judith Love Cohen, is the sixth in a series of environmental children’s books dedicated to teaching youth about the importance of environmental conservation and preservation. It provides elementary school-aged readers an easy-to-follow story about ports and their purposes.

In the book, the authors explain how the Port of Los Angeles is using cleaner, greener ways to move cargo. Readers can learn about the Port of Los Angeles’ environmental efforts – from cleaner trucks to shoreside power for idling ships to trash skimmer boats – and how those efforts help reduce air and water pollution.

The book features colorful, original illustrations, lesson plans, fun facts and a glossary of environmental and port terms.

“It’s never too early to start educating children about the importance of preserving the environment,” port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz said. “Our story is an example of how industrial operations can transform in the modern era.”

The authors and illustrator David Katz will be on hand for an open-to-the-public book signing at Williams Bookstore in San Pedro from 5 pm to 8 pm Thurs., Feb. 7.

A Cleaner Port. A Brighter Future. The Greening of the Port of Los Angeles.” is available for purchase through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com, and the port is also donating copies to local schools and libraries.