PORT OF LOS ANGELES ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERT RECEIVES HARBOR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION’S “ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP” AWARD
Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce Honors Dr. Ralph Appy for Helping to “Green” the Nation’s Number One Containerport
SAN PEDRO, Calif. — April 19, 2007 — Ralph Appy, Ph.D., director of environmental management for the Port of Los Angeles, has been honored with the first-ever Harbor Association Environmental Leadership award from the Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce (HAIC). HAIC, a maritime industry organization, recognized Dr. Appy at its monthly meeting today for his tireless efforts in creating programs and initiatives that balance environmental concerns with Port operations and growth.
“We are pleased to present this award to Dr. Appy for his hard work in developing environmentally friendly programs at the Port of Los Angeles,” said Tom Poe, president of HAIC. “We recognize the complexities involved in creating policies and procedures that require businesses working with the Port to become better environmental stewards and want to honor Dr. Appy for his efforts.
Dr. Robert Kanter, managing director of environmental management and planning for the Port of Long Beach, also was recognized by HAIC. Dr. Appy and Dr. Kanter were both instrumental in creating the landmark San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). CAAP is an unprecedented joint action plan between the two ports to improve air quality and to significantly reduce the health risks posed by air pollution from port-related ships, trains, trucks, terminal equipment and harbor craft by cutting emissions from all port-related sources in half within the next five years. One of the most effective and respected industrial associations in the South Bay and Harbor Areas of Southern California for over 30 years. The organization serves as a united voice for its members on such issues as energy and environmental and land-use regulations.
Celebrating its Centennial in 2007, the Port of Los Angeles is America's premier port. As the leading seaport in the nation in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 259,000 regional jobs and $8.4 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars. At the Port of Los Angeles, high priority is placed on responsible and sustainable growth initiatives, combined with high security, environmental stewardship and community outreach. For its industry leading environmental initiatives, the Port received two Environmental Protection Agency awards in 2006. The Port of Los Angeles – A Cleaner Port. A Brighter Future.