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    Port of LB Adopts Self-Declared "Green Port Policy." We Post It. You Read It...and Decide

    (January 24, 2005) -- LB's Board of Harbor Commissioners today voted to adopt a resolution establishing what it called a "Green Port Policy." posts the verbatim text of the Resolution below.

    An accompanying PoLB staff memorandum (by Managing Director of Development, Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D., approved by PoLB Executive Director Richard Steinke) recommending Harbor Commission approval stated in part:

    "To implement the Policy, specific goals metrics, and programs have been proposed. Some programs will include incentives to promote program participation."

    The adopted Resolution text follows.

    [begin text]


    WHEREAS, the Board of Harbor Commissioners of the City of Long Beach wishes to establish a Green Port Policy to distinguish the Harbor Department as a leader in environmental stewardship and guide its day-to-day activities; and

    WHEREAS, the Board wishes to establish a framework to promulgate and monitor the progress of the Policy; and

    WHEREAS, any general rules and regulations that may be needed to implement particular measures pursuant to the Policy will have tobe adopted by ordinance pursuant to Section 1206 of the City of Long Beach Charter; and

    WHEREAS, certain implementation measures may be beyond the independent jurisdiction of the Board, in which case the Board may work cooperatively with applicable local, state and federal authorities.

    NOW THEREFORE, the Board of Harbor Commissioners of the City of Long Beach hereby adopts the following in furtherance of a Green Port Policy. Within the limits of its jurisdiction, the Harbor Department shall endeavor in its activities to:

    1. Protect the local community and the environment from harmful effects of port operations.

    2. Employ best available control technology to minimize environmental impact and continue to explore the most advanced technology to reduce harmful emissions.

    3. Promote sustainability in terminal design, development and oerations by meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

    4. Distinguish the Harbor Department as a leader in environmental stewardship and compliance.

    5. Engage and educate the community about harbor development projects and environmental programs.

    The framework for implementation of the Green Port Policy shall include, without limitation, the following:

    1. Goals shall be established and maintained for every element of the Healthy Harbor Program.

    2. Specific metrics shall be developed to measure progress toward meeting the goals.

    3. New aggressive environmental programs shall be developed to achieve progress toward meeting the goals.

    4. Specific incentives shall be provided to promote program participation.

    5. Reports shall be periodically given to the Board and the City Council detailing the measured progress toward meeting the goals.

    6. Legislative proposals in support of the goals may be developed cooperatively with those local, state and federal authorities with appropriate jurisdiction.

    This resolution shall take effect immediately upon its adoption by the Board of Harbor Commissioners, and the Secretary of the Board shall certify to the vote adopting this resolution and shall cause a certified copy of this resolution to be filed forthwith with the City Clerk. The City Clerk shall post the resolution in three conspicuous places in the Ciyt of Long Beach.

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