HAIC, Education, Scholarship & Philanthropy Committee Co-Chairs presenting ITEP Executive Director, Amy Grat, with a $1,500 check to help fund the ITEP's Global Environmental Science Academy (GESA), Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP). Some 70 students and chaperones in the GESA program visit Catalina for a few days to study the plant and animal life of the kelp ecosystem, and learn about its connections to the terrestrial ecosystems, and the important role that the ocean plays in the biosphere. Focus is centered on each student's role within these systems and the impact of human beings on our environment. Emphasis is placed on the responsible use of limited resources and the development of goals for future sustainable living. During this program the fundamental principles of life are taught, which apply to both nature and humanity while infusing opportunities for social emotional, and academic growth.
Shown here is Jessica Lee, the recipient of the HAIC Endowed Scholarship in Honor of Rev. Jerome Cummings at Loyola Marymount Univeristy, with HAIC Board member and Vice Chair the HAIC’s Education, Scholarship and Philanthropy Committee. HAIC has donated over $16,00 to high school and university students and philanthropic organization this past year, including International Trade Education Programs, International Seafarers Center of Long Beach-Los Angeles, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the CITT, CSU, Long Beach HAIC Endowment.
On Friday, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-32-15 requiring a balanced, integrated plan to improve the economic competitiveness and the environmental performance of California’s goods movement sector. This was a welcomed and important statement by the Administration regarding a critical part of the California economy.
Goods movement has long been one of California’s largest and most important economic sectors. Taken collectively, its components – shipping, port operations, rail, trucking, warehousing, etc. – represent roughly one third of the economic activity and one third of all jobs in California’s massive economy. By far, more goods flow through California’s ports than any other state in the nation. Indeed, the United States’ overall trade economy relies upon on California’s success in goods movement.
However, in an ever competitive global supply chain, California is under intensifying pressure to maintain and grow market share. The massive project widening the Panama Canal will be completed soon enabling goods to bypass California altogether to serve eastern U.S. markets. This, coupled with additional competition from improved port operations in Canada and Mexico, along with eastern U.S. states eager to poach our business, should give all Californians pause as we consider the long term implications to that one third of our economy mentioned above.
And if that weren’t complicated enough, California’s goods movement sector must operate within the nation’s strictest emissions regulations. Accordingly, industry has responded to state mandates by modernizing operations in order to meet and exceed emissions targets. A great example is the technological marvel that is the new Middle Harbor at the Port of Long Beach that will both boost productivity and reduce emissions through automation and low carbon operations. It represents the kind of major investment and commitment that industry is prepared to make when it is confident that the state is a willing partner.
This is why the Governor’s executive order matters so much. It sets forth a clear policy that we must achieve a proper balance between economic, environment and infrastructure needs. It reinforces the critical principle that the term sustainability must mean both environmentally and economically sustainable.
Indeed that policy has been evident thus far in the California Air Resources Board’s approach to the development of a new Sustainable Freight Plan that seeks to move the entire goods movement sector to zero or near zero emissions. A transformation of that scale can only happen through thoughtful, public and private collaboration and investment.
So as the Administration and Legislature now consider our future transportation funding and priorities, and as they determine how best to reinvest the proceeds of the AB 32 Cap and Trade program, they would do well to advance the policy outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order, and commit to creating the conditions in which California’s preeminence in goods movement can endure for generations to come.
In 2015 HAIC Members have:
Met with California Senators and Assemblymembers during the annual California Maritime Leadership Symposium Met with Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell during our Annual Installation of Officers and Directors Hosted the BizFed Board meeting in March Supported and opposed legislation and issues singularly and as part of a coalition of other trade associations which help California ports increase capacity, efficiencies, maintain competitiveness and create jobs Continues to support CEQA improvements Supported Union Pacific – Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) Modernization Supportsed completion of the BNSF Southern California International Gateway Supported the Mitsubishi Cement Port of Long Beach Pier F Cement Import Facility Modernization Project
A four-night getaway onboard the Star Princess, departing San Pedro and visiting Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico.
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