Book Signing at Williams Bookstore in San Pedro on Feb. 7

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — February 4, 2013 — The Port of Los Angeles’ environmental programs and innovative 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 (Cascade Pass).  Written by Robyn C. Friend and Judith Love Cohen, the book is the sixth in a series of environmental children’s books dedicated to teaching youth about the importance of environmental conservation and preservation.

“It’s never too early to start educating children about the importance of preserving the environment,” said Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D., who holds a doctorate in biological science and a master’s of science degree in environmental engineering.  “Our story is an example of how industrial operations can transform in the modern era, and we thrilled that the Port can serve as an example of 21st Century environmental practices and programs.”

For elementary school-aged readers, the book provides an easy-to-follow story about ports and their purposes. The authors explain how the Port of Los Angeles is using cleaner, greener ways to move cargo. Readers learn about the Port of Los Angeles’ environmental efforts – from cleaner trucks, to dockside Alternative Maritime Power™ (AMP™) for idling ships, to trash skimmer boats – and how these efforts help reduce air and water pollution.  The book features colorful, original illustrations that help bring concepts to life. Lesson plans, fun facts, and a full glossary of environmental and port terms are also included.

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

“A Cleaner Port. A Brighter Future. The Greening of the Port of Los Angeles” is available for purchase through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. The Port of Los Angeles is also donating copies of the book locally to schools and libraries.  Information on the other books in the Cascade Pass educational series can be found at www.cascadepass.com.   

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port.  A brighter future.