Green Port Fest showcases Long Beach Port’s eco-programs, operations

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green-port-festivalGet a behind-the-scenes look at one of the busiest seaports in the world at the 5th annual Green Port Fest, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 3, 2009, at the Port of Long Beach.

The free event features tours of the Port by boat and train, as well as dozens of interactive exhibits, a showcase of Port cargo-handling machinery, family-friendly entertainment and children’s activities.

“At Green Port Fest we open our doors to the community and show residents what we are doing to improve the environment, support the economy and create jobs,” said Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke.

Green Port Fest attendees will learn about environmental programs such as shore power, which allows docked ships to use less polluting land-based electricity instead of diesel powered engines, and the Port’s Clean Trucks Program, which will decrease truck-related pollution 80 percent by 2012. Engineering displays will show how Port infrastructure developments are creating new jobs while reducing air pollution.

green-port-dayLast year about 10,000 people attended Green Port Fest, making it one of Long Beach’s largest public events.

To encourage guests to use “greener” transportation, the Port of Long Beach is offering free Long Beach Transit bus passes and bicycle valet services at Green Port Fest ’09, Saturday, October 3.

Those riding bicycles to Green Port Fest will be escorted by members of Long Beach Cyclists from the downtown Promenade near First Street to festival grounds and the bicycle valet service. The guided rides will leave every 45 minutes starting at 9:30 a.m. until 1:15 p.m.

During the festival, the Port will offer guided bicycle tours at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., taking riders to a proposed recreation trail that runs along the Port waterfront and down Pier J for a scenic look at Long Beach Harbor and the downtown Long Beach skyline. Attendees must bring their own bicycles.

The free bus passes may be obtained by calling the Port at (562) 590-4121 before September 25.  Bus riders can plan their trips with Long Beach Transit’s “trip planner.” List the Queen Mary as the final destination. The trip will include a transfer to the Passport C red shuttle, which ends at the Queen Mary. Other shuttles will run continuously from the Queen Mary to the event entrance.

For those driving to the event, the Port is encouraging carpooling. Free parking is available at the Long Beach Convention Center in the lot at Shoreline Drive and Linden Avenue. From the 710 Freeway, take the downtown exit.

To learn more, visit www.polb.com/portfest.

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