The following is the text of a news release from the Port of Seattle:
(SEATTLE) (April 2) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the Port of Seattle with a 2014 Clean Air Excellence Award today in recognition of its Seaport Air Quality Program. Eight other initiatives and one individual were also given awards, which recognize innovative programs that protect Americans' health and the environment, educate the public, serve their communities and stimulate the economy.
“The Port of Seattle thanks the EPA for their recognition of our environmental initiatives,” said Tay Yoshitani, Port of Seattle CEO. “Our staff has worked closely with local organizations and businesses to ensure that our programs have a positive impact on both air quality and economic growth for our region.”
The Port of Seattle was given the award in the Regulation/Policy Innovations category for its work in successfully reducing maritime-related emissions through programs that exceed laws and regulations. The port worked collaboratively with regulatory agencies, neighboring ports, the maritime industry, and the community to reduce air emissions.
The resulting programs include the At-Berth Clean (ABC) Fuels initiative, Green Gateway Partner Awards, the Clean Truck Program, and promoting shore power use for cruise vessels while moored at port terminals. For more information on these programs, visit our website.
The awards program, established in 2000 at the recommendation of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, recognizes and honors both individuals and organizations that have undertaken the risks of innovation, served as pioneers in their fields, advanced public understanding of air pollution and improved air quality. Entries are judged by EPA and the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee.