SAN PEDRO, Calif. — Nov. 17, 2010 — The Construction and Maintenance Division of the Port of Los Angeles has been successfully independently recertified to ISO 14001. This verifies that the Port meets an internationally recognized protocol that requires organizations to have a rigorous environmental management process in place as part of its daily operations. “This is a significant accomplishment that has taken an extraordinary commitment from our Construction and Maintenance employees,” said James Morgan, Director of the Port’s Construction and Maintenance Division.  

“This recertification re-enforces the Port’s commitment to environmental responsibility and leadership at all levels of our organization.”

In 2007, the Port was the first on the West Coast to receive the certification.  Worldwide, only a handful of ports have achieved ISO 14001 certification. The recent recertification verifies that Port systems are being successfully maintained and driving improvements.

Since the Port’s initial certification, there have been measurable improvements in recycling, a significant reduction of hazardous waste streams, increased pollution prevention activities and improved environmental awareness and compliance.  An innovative education and communication program is also in place.

A copy of the Port Environmental Management Policy can be found here.   

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 919,000 regional jobs and $39.1 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.  The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port.  A brighter future.