Healthy Port Communities
Friday, October 19, 2018
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. CDT
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With the expansion of the Panama canal, a booming petrochemical industry, and projected population increases, how can ports and portside communities plan for reductions in freight-related emissions, enhanced chemical security, and economic and environmental justice? Panelists will discuss policies and practices to build healthier port communities and share case studies. Equity and resiliency will also be a focus of this panel.
Focusing largely on the Greater Houston Metropolitan region, this panel will hone in detail on environmental and economic justice issues in portside communities, and will highlight emerging technologies that improve air quality, including zero emissions technologies, alternative fuels, and practices to reduce idling and reduce congestion, as well as effective strategies for community engagement. The panel will also look into detail at what resilience looks like in communities that host one of the largest petrochemical complexes in the world, and face not only natural disasters like Harvey's flooding but also the impacts of the chemical and refining industries and the specific challenges they offer to resiliency.
Attendees will learn:
- The challenges and intersecting issues prevalent in portside communities, including environmental and economic justice issues
- Opportunities and solutions to reduce air pollution as it relates to transportation/freight movement.
- Effective community engagement strategies to work toward mutually beneficial objectives
- Policies to enhance communities' safety and chemical security
- Strategies for resiliency that address broader issues
Barbara Holly, email@example.com