The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) presented the Clean Air Award to the Port of Long Beach (POLB) and Long Beach Container Terminal for their efforts in reducing pollution in the Middle Harbor redevelopment project, port officials announced today.
“Our commitment to environmental stewardship is unwavering and is manifested in all aspects of the facility — from the world’s largest battery exchange building to our fully electrified cranes,” said LBCT President Anthony Otto in a statement. “We will continue to work with our partners in making Middle Harbor a model for the industry.”
The Middle Harbor will handle two times the amount of cargo as the previous terminal, while cutting air emissions by more than half once it is complete, according to port officials.
Earlier this year, the port also received Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) “gold status” for conservation efforts in the construction of the first half of the Middle Harbor terminal, producing nearly zero emissions.
“We’re building the Green Port of the Future, and Middle Harbor is a big part of that,” said Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán in a statement. “The terminal is the world’s greenest and most sustainable. We are deeply honored to be recognized along with LBCT.”
The Clean Air Awards have several categories to recognize individuals, government entities, nonprofits and businesses. Past honorees have led to the development of clean air technologies and forward thinking policies to improve quality of life for residents, according to SCAQMD.
The Port of Long Beach is a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and an innovator in environmental stewardship.