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People living and working near ports across the country will breathe cleaner air and live better lives as a result of bold steps taken through a collaboration of industry, government and communities to improve environmental performance and increase economic prosperity.
September 2020 (Vol. 5, Ed. 7)
EPA Ports Initiative Newsletter

Featured Events

This newsletter focuses on two events that EPA is has been involved in planning.  
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STRIDE Diesel Collaborative Virtual Partners Meeting: September 22-October 1

Conference features ports, freight, and alternative fuels virtual presentations and tours 

The Southeastern Team Reducing the Impacts of Diesel Emissions (STRIDE) Collaborative Virtual Partners Meeting/ Conference (formerly Southeast Diesel Collaborative Partners Meeting) began on September 15 with presentations on freight. The final two weeks of the  conference features the following virtual presentations and tours. 

September 22-25 Alternative Fuels Virtual Presentations & Tours
  • Battery Technology
  • Electric Fleet Design Considerations
  • Electric Transit Buses
  • Renewable Diesel and Propane
  • Clean Energy Technology Center
  • CleanTech Facility Tour
  • Manufacturing Tour
  • Advanced Vehicular Center Tour


September 29-30 & October 1 Ports Virtual Presentations & Tour 
  • Hydrogen Tugboats and Ferries
  • San Pedro Bay Technology Advancement Program
    and Drayage Truck Pilot Programs
  • Community Benefits Agreements 
  • Reducing Emissions from Shipping
  • Environmental Programs and Alternative Fuels
  • Funding Program - MARAD
  • Electric Terminal Truck Vehicle Tour

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EPA Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Overview and Volkswagen DERA Option Webinar: September 24
Includes National, State, School Bus Rebates and Tribal Volkswagen Settlement DERA Option

This DERA 101 webinar, planned for September 24, will include an overview of the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) funding programs. From 2008-2018, a total of 152 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grants have been awarded to port specific projects, totaling $148 million.  An additional $66 million were awarded through DERA to multi-sector projects that involve ports. The webinar includes the following.
  • National, State and Tribal Grants and School Bus Rebate components presented by EPA staff;
  • Use of VW settlement funds presented by a representative from the Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP); and
  • Presentations from two grant recipients on their DERA project experiences, including the grant process, project implementation, use of VW funds (if applicable), and lessons learned.
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