Call for a Greener Port!

Reduce Truck Pollution & Emissions in the Columbia Waterfront Area

Recent events at Piers 7–12 on the Brooklyn waterfront create both the need and the opportunity to reduce truck pollution and work for a greener port.  The NYC Economic Development Corporation recently reached a deal with the Port Authority of NY/NJ, American Stevedoring, and Phoenix Beverage to import beverages using Piers 7, 10, and 11.  Using the port to bring in goods makes good economic and environmental sense—it can be less polluting than long-haul trucks, and creates good jobs in Brooklyn.  However, more business in the port also leads to an increase in local truck traffic and emissions from both ships and trucks. 

It is critical that all parties work together to reduce truck pollution and create a greener port.

We therefore call on EDC, the Port Authority, American Stevedoring, and Phoenix to:

  • Commit to a faster, specific timetable to convert trucks to cleaner natural gas engines.
  • Keep truck traffic inside the port and develop a long-term traffic plan.
  • Enhance the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway by running it along Atlantic Basin.
  • Connect docked ships to on-shore power, to reduce the use of highly-polluting generators.
  • Establish a comprehensive green jobs local hiring program.

With these steps, we can turn the Columbia Waterfront Area, Red Hook, and ultimately the entire Port of New York into the greenest port on the eastern seaboard – making it a healthier place for workers and neighbors alike, and a vibrant and sustainable economic hub.







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59 September 04, 2009 denise carbonell
58 August 24, 2009 Lisa Chamberlain
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52 August 19, 2009 Cristina Moracho
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