Efforts by the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor to reduce its impact its operations have on the environment landed it the 2019 Sustainability Leadership Award from South Shore Clean Cities.
The award recognizes “extraordinary leadership in making strides to the sustainable transportation and/or energy sectors,” according to South Shore Clean Cities. Port representatives were presented with the award during the organization’s annual conference in late February.
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor and South Shore Clean Cities have worked together to reduce diesel emissions throughout the port.
Current sustainable transportation projects at the port include construction of a trucker lounge and paved truck marshalling yard with parking for 135 trucks. Two tenants of the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor received more than $1.1 million in grants to acquire 10 clean-fuel vehicles and an electric railcar mover.
“We are extremely honored to receive this award from a community partner that works to facilitate clean technology in the region,” said Ian Hirt, director of the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. “We are committed to regularly reviewing the environmental impacts of our facilities and services to make sure the greenest form of transportation becomes even greener.”
South Shore Clean Cities is a nonprofit, member-based coalition dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation in Northern Indiana. Port of Indiana-Burns Habor has been a member of the organization the past 10 years.