Talking Freight - June 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 5:00:00 PM UTC - 7:30:00 PM UTC
Investing in port infrastructure and operations is vital to America’s business competitiveness and economic prosperity. These investments also provide enormous opportunities for environmental gains. The many people who live near and work at ports can be exposed to levels of air pollution that contribute to significant health problems. Findings from the 2016 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Port Strategy Assessment confirm that there are effective air quality improvement strategies available today for every type and size of port. EPA’s Ports Initiative supports efforts to improve efficiency, enhance energy security, reduce costs, and minimize harmful health impacts by advancing next-generation, clean technologies and practices at ports. The Ports Initiative also facilitates collaboration between the port industry, communities, and all levels of government to help ensure timely and effective infrastructure development. EPA led a two-year public process with leading port industry, community, and government experts to design a voluntary program focused on improving air quality around ports; the Ports Initiative recommendations were released in September 2016. This webinar will provide an overview of EPA’s Ports Initiative and an update on two efforts underway to help build technical tools to ensure smart infrastructure investments and to promote port-community collaboration to prioritize and advance clean air projects.
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