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News Release
FOR RELEASE - September 1, 2017
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,
(703) 684-5700

American Association of Port Authorities
Phone: (202) 792-4033

Winners Announced in AAPA’s 2017 Awards Programs

Successful entries in the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) 2017 Environmental Improvement, Information Technology and Facilities Engineering award competitions have been named following a rigorous entry and selection process. 

The winners in these three award competitions, together with the 25 ports that submitted successful entries in AAPA’s 2017 Communications Awards program (winners announced on July 10), will be recognized during the awards luncheon on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 4, at AAPA’s 106th Annual Convention and Exposition in Long Beach, which runs Oct. 1-4 and is being hosted by the Port of Long Beach.

“We appreciate every entrant and congratulate every winner in this year’s AAPA awards programs—Environmental Improvement, Information Technology, Facilities Engineering and Communications – for investing the time to share their work, get peer review from the judges and highlight best practices and lessons learned,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA president and CEO. “When port authorities work with their many audiences, including their communities, business leaders and policymakers, to develop projects like the ones entered into these competitions, they’re better able to demonstrate their tremendous value as drivers of economic development, environmental enhancement and job creation.”

AAPA’s Information Technology Awards program, which began in 2002, highlights port technology accomplishments in the areas of Port Operations and Management Systems and in Improvements in Intermodal Freight Transportation.  This year’s IT Awards program winner in the Improvements in Intermodal Freight Transportation category is the Port of Los Angeles for its submission, Digital Supply Chain Information Portal.

AAPA’s Facilities Engineering Awards program, established in 2003, recognizes excellence, innovation and performance by port engineering professionals. Engineering innovation, means of contracting, speed of construction and budget success are the primary considerations used for judging entries. This year’s Facilities Engineering Award goes to the Port of New Orleans for its Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal Improvements Program entry.

Since 1973, AAPA’s Environmental Improvement Awards program has recognized activities which benefit the environment at its member ports. This year’s awards program had winners in all four project entry categories: 1) Environmental Enhancement; 2) Mitigation; 3) Comprehensive Environmental Management; and 4) Stakeholder Education, Awareness and Involvement. This category also had an Honorable Mention winner.

The winner in the 2017 Environmental Improvement Awards’ Environmental Enhancement category is the Port of Stockton for its entry, Antioch Dunes Restoration Project.

This year’s winner in the Mitigation category is The Port of Virginia, with its successful project, Collaboration and Consensus: The Craney Island Mitigation Plan.

Winning in the Comprehensive Environmental Management category for 2017 is the Port of Seattle with its entry, Formation and Operation of the Marine Stormwater Utility.

The 2017 Stakeholder Education, Awareness and Involvement category winner is the Port of Stockton for its Barn Owl Nest Box Program entry, while the Port of San Diego earns an Honorable Mention in the same category for its entry, Port of San Diego's Green Business Network.

Additional information about AAPA’s 106th Annual Convention and Exhibition, including its business program, agenda, exhibitors and sponsors, is available by clicking here.   

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