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U.S. EPA: Green Tech Takes a Giant Leap Forward at the Port of San Francisco This Week

Release Date: 10/05/2010
Contact Information: See below

U.S. EPA: Green Tech Takes a Giant Leap
Forward at the Port of San Francisco This Week

Federal, Local Clean Diesel Funding Leads to Innovation, Advances in Technology

              What: On Wednesday, October 6th the Port of San Francisco will take an impressive stride forward in green technology innovation and become the first port in California to provide shoreside electrical power for cruise ships at berth. There are 9,000 premature deaths in California every year from air pollution -- shoreside power results in zero air emissions to power a ship while connected in port. This new system is not only the first in the California, but will be just the fourth in the world. 
              Who: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Jared Blumenfeld along with Port officials, Princess Cruises, Holland America, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will “flip the switch” at Pier 27, allowing the Island Princess to receive power from the City’s electrical grid.
      When: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
              Where: Pier 27 - located on The Embarcadero across from the foot of Lombard Street and Battery Street
              Security: Due to a cruise ship being in Port, all attendees must go through security screening and show picture identification.  Media check-in at front entrance of pier.
      Members of the Media: If you would like to schedule an interview with Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld or an EPA technical expert to discuss this exciting funding announcement and innovative technology please send an email to Mary Simms at Please include your name, contact information, media affiliation and deadline in your request. 

      Additional media contacts: Renée Dunn Martin, Port of San Francisco, (415) 274-0488, Email:
Ralph Borrmann, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, (415) 749-4791, Email: