The Port of Long Beach Academy of Global Logistics at Cabrillo High School earned a Clean Air Award for a program to help high schoolers learn about non-polluting, zero-emissions, cargo-moving technology on the docks.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District honored the program during this month’s 31st Clean Air Awards ceremony at the L.A. Grand Hotel in Los Angeles. The Port-sponsored academy at Cabrillo earned the Clean Air Education Outreach Award for connecting high school students to efforts to convert to zero-emission operations. The American Journal of Transportation featured an article about the award at ajot.com.
The logistics academy at Cabrillo High develops business-educated students prepared for the challenges of global logistics, supply chain management and international trade through hands-on experiences and academic learning. Launched in 2016, the academy introduces high school students to career opportunities in global trade and logistics and shows them how to prepare for those careers through a wide range of training and education programs including certificates, certifications and degrees offered by Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach.
The recent award recognizes the work of 60 Cabrillo students who partnered with industry experts to learn about cargo operations at the nation’s second-busiest seaport for their “Zero-Emissions Transformation Capstone Project” that began in 2018.
Students worked in groups of five, each focusing on a different aspect of the issue. Real-world experts on zero-emissions technology presented every other week, and students participated in a field trip to learn about Port operations.
The students examined “C-PORT” – the Commercialization of the Port’s Off-Road Technology project, a demonstration of the use of zero-emissions cargo-handling equipment at two terminals in Long Beach.
C-PORT is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.
“Connecting our Academy of Global Logistics students together with our work on zero-emissions technology was so gratifying. I’m doubly pleased to see the students and the Port recognized for this groundbreaking collaboration,” Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal said.
“I’d like to thank our partners in the California Air Resources Board, labor, the marine terminals, educators and the students, who all share in this recognition,” Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero said. “I hope that these students and many more like them will join us as we continue to build the green port of the future.”