Various initiatives to clean the air by the ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor have earned it regional recognition.
Northwest Indiana Partners for Clean Air recently honored the region’s top air quality leaders, including the ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor. Four prizes were awarded for voluntary actions aimed at improving air quality in 2021.
The winners were selected from applications submitted to the Partners for Clean Air Steering Committee earlier this year.
The ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor received the Industrial Award, for several clean air projects undertaken by the port and its tenants in 2020. The port has secured funding through the grant program of the Indiana-Burns Harbor. Indiana Office of Energy Development to add an all-electric security vehicle to its operations in Burns Harbor.
The port also received grants in 2020 under the Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund grant program for the installation of an electric vehicle charging station.
“We appreciate the appointment of South Shore Clean Cities and are grateful for the recognition of our concerted efforts to support air quality in our ports,” said Vanta Coda, CEO of Indiana Ports. “We will continue to advance environmental values and reduce our carbon footprint where possible to maintain our world-class port system. “
Many tenants at the port have converted equipment from diesel vehicles to hybrid electric vehicles. Harbor officials and volunteers have planted hundreds of deciduous and evergreen trees around Burns Harbor to reduce stormwater runoff, prevent fugitive dust and increase biodiversity.
In 2022, the Port of Burns Harbor will open a six-acre truck yard where drivers can turn off trucks and rest in a closed receiving area while waiting to unload / load cargo.
All three Indiana port sites received Green Marine certification in 2020, the first statewide port authority to achieve the distinction.
The Green Marine is an environmental certification program for the shipping industry in North America. The voluntary initiative strives to measurably exceed regulatory requirements in key areas such as greenhouse gases and air pollutants, spill prevention, dry bulk handling and storage, impact on community, stormwater and waste management, and underwater noise.