Friday, January 17, 2014

Port of Long Beach Appoints Environmental Director

By Mark Edward Nero

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Jan. 13 voted to officially promote former Director of Environmental Planning Rick Cameron to the position of Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning, effective Jan. 25.

Cameron had been serving as Acting Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning since July 2013, when then-Managing Director Bob Kanter retired. Cameron had been the port’s Director of Environmental Planning since 2007; he originally joined the port in 1996 as an environmental specialist.

“Rick Cameron has been very instrumental in designing and building the signature programs that have made the Port of Long Beach a leader in environmental stewardship,” Harbor Commission President Doug Drummond said. “He’s the right choice.”

In his new role, Cameron will oversee a bureau that includes 41 jobs in the Environmental Planning, Transportation Planning and Master Planning divisions. Long Beach’s Environmental Affairs and Planning Bureau is tasked with improving the environment in and around the port and is responsible for analyzing proposed construction, obtaining funding for transportation improvements, studying job creation and economic impacts and advancing clean technologies.

The bureau also coordinates programs to improve air, water and soil quality, preserve wildlife habitat and integrate sustainability into port practices.