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Ports of Indiana marks Earth Day

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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 unload freight.



Posted 4/21/2020




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