Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports
As part of our Freight Transport Justice work, the Pacific Institute sits on the steering committee of the Oakland Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports, an alliance of more than 80 environmental, labor, public health, faith, and community organizations working to reduce diesel pollution from Port trucks and improve working conditions for truck drivers.
The Pacific Institute plays a key role in building bridges between the labor, environmental, community, and health organizations involved in this ambitious coalition. The Coalition focuses on the need to transform the Port trucking industry structure in order to reduce diesel pollution from Port trucks, improve working conditions for Port truck drivers, and increase Oakland’s share of economic benefits generated by this industry.
In February 2009 the Pacific Institute and the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) jointly released Taking a Toll, a report completed for the Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports, which estimated the annual public health cost of diesel pollution from Port trucks as at least $153 million.
A sample of testimony provided by Swati Prakash, CSSJ Program Director, urging the Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners to take swift action to pass comprehensive and ambitious policies to clean up their broken trucking system can be found here.