SAN PEDRO, Calif. – May 4, 2007 – The Port of Los Angeles has been honored with the Quality and Productivity Award from the City of Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Commission (QPC) for its part in creating the landmark San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). 

CAAP is an unprecedented joint action plan between the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach 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 aggressively cutting emissions from all port-related sources by nearly 50 percent within the next five years. 

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Commission for our efforts to clean up port-related pollution,” said Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D., executive director of the Port of Los Angeles.  “It has been almost six months since we released the final Clean Air Action Plan to the public, and the response has been very positive as the ports, surrounding communities, industry stakeholders and environmental groups begin to work together to provide tangible solutions to reduce emissions impacts of Port operations.”

The Port will receive the award on Thursday, May 31 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel during a special luncheon for all 2006-2007 Quality and Productivity Award recipients.

For more information on the CAAP, visit the Port’s website at www.portoflosangeles.org.  

The QPC is dedicated to improving the responsiveness, efficiency, and quality of services delivered to the public. Specifically, the Commission partners with City departments and bureaus to facilitate program development, to augment and expand high-value programs, and to encourage and enable teams to deliver unmatched levels of customer service.

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.