Community Meetings on Port Grants Underway
Learn about $15 million in funds for air quality, greenhouse gas projects
June 16, 2009
The next community meeting on the new Port Grant Program will be this Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, in the Van Dyke Theater, 2801 Atlantic Ave., 90806. The Port Grant Program is designed to offset air quality impacts in the community from Port operations. The program will also reduce greenhouse gases. See the fact sheet. See the Q & A. See the meeting flier.
At the meetings, local residents and others can learn more about the grants and how the funds will be allocated. See the video from a recent community meeting on the Port Grant Program.
The grant program, approved this spring by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, is part of a comprehensive strategy to offset the impacts of port-related operations in the community, primarily air pollution risks for vulnerable groups such as children and seniors. Examples of projects that may be eligible for grants include air filtration systems at schools, daycare centers, and educational programs at senior health-care centers.
The first $15 million in grant funding was made possible by the recent approval of the Middle Harbor modernization project. Although the Middle Harbor project will actually reduce air pollution by half from current levels, the Port’s mitigation grants go a step further in helping improve the quality of life in neighboring communities. The $15 million in grants will be divided equally among three general areas: 1) Schools and related sites. 2) Health-care and senior facilities. 3) Greenhouse gas-reduction projects.
Guidelines Adoption – Board Meeting Memo
Health Project Guidelines
Air Quality Grant Project Guidelines
Greenhouse Gas Grant Project Guidelines