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A National Conversation on Ports


About "A National Conversation on Ports"

To exchange views and develop a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities of ports and port communities, EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality hosted a series of webinars, bringing together port stakeholders in a "National Conversation on Ports."

These meetings allowed EPA to hear directly from those whose lives and livelihoods are most closely tied to ports. The insights and lessons that emerged helped EPA develop the agenda for the National Port Stakeholders Summit held on April 8, 2014 and to formulate subsequent actions.

Past Webinars -

"Advancing Solutions to Support More Sustainable Ports"

March 4, 2014

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Welcome & Opening Remarks: Dennis McLerran
Regional Administrator, US EPA Region 10

Building a Toolkit for Sustainable Ports: Heather L. Wood
Vice President Government Affairs Virginia Port Authority

Elena Craft, Phd
Health Scientist Environmental Defense Fund

Technology Advancement Program: Rose Siengsubcharti
Program Manager, San Pedro Bay Port’s Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), Technology Advancement Program (TAP), Port of Long Beach

Strategic Plans for Sustainable Ports: Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy Experience:
Beth Carper
Air Resources Specialist, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Stephanie Jones-Stebbins, Director Seaport Environmental and Planning Programs, Port of Seattle

Reade Kidd
Director International Logistics, The Home Depot

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"Goods Movement and Ports: Collaborative Solutions and the Community"

January 14, 2014

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Welcome: Karl Simon
Director, Transportation & Climate Division, Office of Transportation & Air Quality, USEPA

Moderator: Matthew Tejada
Director Office of Environmental Justice US EPA

Opening Remarks: Lisa Garcia
Associate Administrator Office of Environmental Justice US EPA

Ports, Freight Transport & Health: Worker & Community Health Impacts: Andrea Hricko
Director, Environmental Health Sciences Center, Children’s Environmental Health Center, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Case Studies in Collaborative Action: Examples from Across the Country

  • Angelo Logan
    East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA
  • Collaborating for Results: Amy Goldsmith
    New Jersey State Director, Clean Water Action & Clean Water Fund
  • Creating a Sustainable Vision: Herbert Fraser-Rahim, PE
    Low Country Alliance for Model Communities, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Juan Parras
    Executive Director, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, Houston, Texas
  • Penny Newman
    Center for Community Action for Environmental Justice, San Bernardino/Riverside, CA
  • Masonville Cove Restoration: Carol Eshelman
    Former Director of the Brooklyn and Curtis Bay Coalition, Baltimore, Maryland

Closing Remarks: Mike Moltzen
Chief, Mobile Source Section, US EPA Region 2

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"Promoting Port Stakeholder Success: Collaborative Action with EPA"
Focus on Transportation & Air Quality

September 24, 2013

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Welcome: Christopher Grundler
Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality US EPA

Applying EPA's Expertise to Ports: Supporting a National Ports Initiative with Transferable Experience:
Cheryl Bynum, Director, SmartWay and Supply Chain Programs Center, US EPA
Jennifer Keller, Director, Legacy Fleet Incentives and Assessment Center, US EPA

Susan Monteverde
Vice President for Government Relations American Association of Port Authorities

Vessels and Port Operations: Lee Kindberg, Ph.D
Director, Environment & Sustainability North America Maersk

Maritime and the Ports Commerce, Operations & Sustainability: Thomas Ward
Chief Engineer, Ports America

Closing: Karl Simon
Director, Transportation & Climate Division, Office of Transportation & Air Quality, USEPA

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