Port of Seattle to Receive Breathe Easy Champion Award

(June 25, 2013)

Contact: Carrie Nyssen
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Port of Seattle to Receive Breathe Easy Champion Award

SEATTLE, WASH.—The Port of Seattle will receive the 2013 Breathe Easy Champion Award from the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific at a breakfast on Tuesday, June 25, at the Palace Ballroom in Seattle. This annual award is given to an individual or organization that demonstrates:

  • significant efforts to improve the health and lives of people in Washington
  • strong commitment to community
  • innovative thinking
  • compassion to those most in need
  • alignment to the mission of the American Lung Association

In bestowing the award, the American Lung Association recognizes the Port of Seattle’s strong commitment to protect the environment and public health in the Puget Sound area. In the past few years, the Port of Seattle has made significant efforts to minimize air pollution by reducing maritime and port-related emissions through its Clean Air Strategy programs. The Port’s Century Agenda, to expand the port’s economic impact and create jobs while reducing its environmental footprint, was particularly important in the Lung Association’s decision. In its announcement letter to the Port, the American Lung Association stated, “The recent Puget Sound Maritime Inventory that showed demonstrable progress in reducing harmful pollutants from maritime related activities provides tangible evidence that your initiatives are working.”

Dr. Bruce and Joanne Montgomery, longtime Lung Association supporters and Event Chairs, applauded the Port’s goal to “become the cleanest, greenest, most energy efficient port in the nation” for the impact it will have on the health of people in the region. “As a pulmonologist and researcher, I see firsthand how cleaner air saves lives,” said Dr. Montgomery.

Keynote speaker at the breakfast will be Dennis McLerran, who was appointed by President Barack Obama as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator in January 2010. As head of EPA Region 10, encompassing Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and 271 tribal governments, Mr. McLerran leads a staff of 650 and directs an annual budget of $500 million. He oversees the implementation and enforcement of federal environmental regulations, promotes state and local environmental protection efforts and serves as a liaison to state and local officials. Mr. McLerran has over 20 years of experience as an advocate, attorney and administrator. Before the EPA, he served as Executive Director of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, as City Attorney for the City of Port Townsend and as Director of the Seattle Department of Construction and Land Use. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law.


About the American Lung Association in Washington
The American Lung Association in Washington is a non-profit, voluntary public health organization, working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease in
Washington. Our programs focus on the areas of air quality, tobacco prevention and cessation and lung health.

For more information about the American Lung Association in Washington or to support the work it does, call (206) 441-5100 or visit www.lung.org/washington.