As a part of Paramount’s ongoing efforts to monitor air quality and protect the health of residents, the City has been awarded a Facility Improvement Grant by the Port of Long Beach’s Facility Improvement Program. The money from this grant funded the installation of new air filters for the HVAC (heating ventilation, and air conditioning) system in the Paramount Petroleum Learning Center at Spane Park.
The Facility Improvement Program funds projects at public facilities around the 710 Freeway that reduce impacts associated with Port-related air pollution, noise pollution, and/or greenhouse gas emissions. Among others, window/door replacement and sealing, along with noise barriers, qualify as eligible projects. The awarded funds may be used for equipment, labor/installation, five-years-worth of replacement filters, and project management not to exceed 5% of total project amount. The grant’s goal is to benefit the maximum sensitive population (children, pregnant women, the elderly, chronically ill, individuals with respiratory/cardiopulmonary disorders) per Port dollar.
The City identified and applied for this grant in July 2017, with the Learning Center as the intended facility for the project. Paramount was awarded the grant on October 9, 2017. Filters were installed the following year on September 12, 2018.