DELEGATES from 14 nations including Australia headed to the city of Baltimore for the inaugural USA Greenport Congress.
Organisers said the event attracted 170 delegates overall and provided an opportunity for people to consider approaches to sustainability.
Renee Hovey from the Australian consultancy Sprott Planning and Environment worked with Australian-based visual artist Dr Sue Pillans to design templates for the session.
“The templates were aimed to bring delegates together and encourage creative thinking,” Ms Hovey said. “They enabled workshop participants to record ideas on unique mind map-styled templates designed for each of the ports, terminal and shipping sectors.”
The Congress focused on several topics from community engagement, resilience in infrastructure planning, alternative fuels, dredge management, air emission programs and tracking techniques among others.
The World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) launched recently in Antwerp was also showcased by Patrick Verhoeven of the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH).
The second day of the Congress included an interactive workshop addressing environmental performance and sustainability.
Assisting in the session were international presenters including Kurt Nagel (president and CEO of American Association of Port Authorities), Renee Hovey from Sprott Planning and Environment (Australia), Tracy Fidell from WSP (USA), David Bolduc of Green Marine (USA) and Jan Fransen of the Green Award Foundation (The Netherlands).
“There was a consistent message from the workshop that delegates support the need for collaboration and building partnerships. Participants emphasised the importance of ‘deeper and continuous’ community engagement as part of modern port governance, a message we continuously express to our clients here in Australia,” Ms Hovey said.
“The inaugural GreenPorts Congress in America, delivered a successful and progressive agenda with a broad range of technical presentations. It also confirmed strong support for the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP).”
The annual European Greenport Congress will be held in Valencia in October 2018.