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News Release
FOR RELEASE - April 30, 2010
Contact: Aaron Ellis (AAPA) / Byron Miller (SCSPA),
703-706-4714 (AAPA) / 843-577-8197 (SCSPA)

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

Seaports Environmental Seminar In Charleston, May 4-6

Program to Focus on Sustainability and 'Green' Ports

Because seaports are natural caretakers of the coastal environment, they often work together to identify solutions that enhance coastal resources while reducing environmental impacts.  They have found that conserving resources, reducing emissions and operating efficiently and safely are also good for business.

To better enable seaport environmental managers and specialists to learn from each other in addressing environmental challenges, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) will hold its Harbors, Navigation and Environment seminar in Charleston, May 4-6.  In coordination with the South Carolina State Ports Authority and GreenPort Americas, the program - featuring many of the industry's leading experts - will focus on sustainable port design, adapting to the effects of climate change, reducing emissions from goods movement, social aspects of sustainability, economic recovery strategies to promote sustainable ports and carbon neutrality at ports.

"Today's modern seaports are working in partnership with environmental agencies and communities to invest millions of dollars in initiatives designed to reduce their impact on the environment," said Kurt Nagle, AAPA's president and CEO.  "Through these partnerships and independent projects, seaports are successfully reducing air emissions, finding solutions to the challenge of aquatic invasive species, and protecting and creating wildlife habitats."

The two-day Harbors, Navigation and Environment seminar will be followed by a one-day GreenPort Americas program that will bring together industry leaders tasked with creating or implementing environmental policies, regulations and procedures within ports, marine terminals, shipping lines and transportation and logistics companies.   

Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority, said, "A port's growth and success mean great things for our communities - more high-paying jobs and the ability to invest in a cleaner, healthier environment."

More information about AAPA's Harbors, Navigation and Environment and GreenPort Americas 2010 seminar is available at / (click on the "Programs & Events" tab and look under "Current Seminar and Workshop Schedule") or by clicking

WHO: American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA) and GreenPort Americas. Additional sponsors include Malcom Pirnie, WorleyParsons, The Carbon Neutral Company and Environ. 
WHAT: Environmental seminar focusing on "green" and sustainable seaports that reap environmental and economic benefits for the communities they serve. 
WHEN Tuesday-Thursday, May 4-6, 2010 (Day 1, 8:15am-5:00pm; Day 2, 8:00am-5:00pm; Day 3, 8:30am-5:00pm) 
WHERE:  Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401 
MEDIA: Credentialed journalists interested in covering the seminar for media purposes are asked to contact Aaron Ellis,, to obtain a media pass. 

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