Ports of Indiana is
commemorating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22.
“Each year Earth
Day is a special time for the public to focus on ways to improve all habits
to help protect the environment,” Ports of Indiana CEO Vanta Coda II said.
“Our organization takes great pride in the progress we have made, and
continue to do, to advance environmental values by adopting practices and
technologies that have a direct impact at our three port locations and
beyond. Our pledge to care for our environment merges with our mission to
develop and maintain a world-class port system.”
All three port
locations have received the coveted Green Marine certification, the first
state-wide port authority to achieve such distinction. Green Marine is the
leading environmental certification program for North America’s maritime
transportation industry. The voluntary initiative strives to surpass
regulatory requirements in measurable ways in key areas, such as greehouse
gases and air pollutants, spill prevention, dry bulk handing and storage,
community impact, stormwater and waste management, and underwater noise.
The Port of
Indiana-Burns Harbor received Green Marine certification in 2014, and has
displayed environmental stewardship in a number of ways:
-- Its eco-friendly
and waterborne transportation of goods reduces fuel consumption and
greenhouse gas emissions. A 1,000-foot Great Lakes ship can move the same
tonnage as 564 rail cars or 2,340 semi trucks.
-- The Port and
many of its businesses have received diesel emission grants to purchase
hybrid vehicles and cleaner-burning diesel engines.
-- Many Port
tenants have converted equipment from diesel to electric hybrid vehicles.
-- Port officials
and volunteers planted hundreds of deciduous and coniferous trees to help
reduce stormwater runoff, prevent fugitive dust, and increase biodiversity.
-- The Port will
open a six-acre truck marshalling yard in 2022, where drivers can turn off
their trucks and rest in an enclosed reception area while waiting to load or