Richardson directs $5,000 donation from annual Port of Hamilton environment award to Hamilton Naturalists’ Club
September 8, 2017
Hamilton, ON – Hamilton Port Authority (HPA) is pleased to announce the winner of its annual Environmental Excellence Award: Richardson International. Richardson operates a terminal in the Port’s Eastport area that provides Ontario growers of soybeans, wheat and corn with export access to international markets.
The annual award recognizes a port partner’s contribution to respecting and protecting the natural environment. Richardson has an impressive environmental record, achieving a Green Marine score of Level 4 or higher in the categories of Greenhouse Gases, Spill Prevention, Community Impacts and Dry Bulk Handling and Storage.
For example, to control fugitive dust, Richardson has installed automated roll-up doors at the unloading pits to better keep dust within the pit area when transport trucks are unloading. The terminal has self-leveling baffles in its truck pits, so that areas of the pit that are full remain sealed, thereby reducing dust from billowing back out. The company is in the process of doubling its dust collection capacity. Richardson is also a participant in the Port of Hamilton’s annual Team Up to Clean Up community event.
“Environmental stewardship is important in everything we do at the Port of Hamilton,” said HPA President & CEO Ian Hamilton. “We encourage a high level of environmental performance on the part of our tenants. We embed robust environmental standards right into our contracts, and then work together proactively to protect air, land and water. Richardson is an excellent example of a company that is showing leadership.”
Each year, the winner of HPA’s Environmental Excellence Award is invited to select a local Hamilton-area environmental organization to receive a $5,000 donation. Richardson has selected the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, where the funds will be put to good use in the protection of Hamilton’s natural environment, including planting trees and enhancing habitat for birds and pollinators.
“Richardson International Ltd. is excited to provide additional funding through the Port’s Environmental Excellence Award to the Naturalist’s Club so that they can continue to grow their very important program of protecting and growing the natural habitat in the Hamilton area,” said Riley Verhelst, Director of Operations for Richardson’s Hamilton Terminal.
Richardson International is proud to be truly invested in Canadian agriculture. As Canada’s largest agribusiness, Richardson is recognized as a global leader in agriculture and food processing. Based in Winnipeg, Richardson is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of all major Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds and a vertically-integrated processor and manufacturer of oats and canola-based products. Richardson has over 2,500 employees across Canada and the U.S. and is one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.
The Port of Hamilton is the largest Canadian port on the Great Lakes in terms of both size and cargo handled. More than 2,100 people work on-site at the Port of Hamilton.
Green Marine is a voluntary marine industry program that helps its participating members improve their environmental performance beyond regulatory compliance. Green Marine has more than 80 participating members throughout Canada and the US.
The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club is a non-profit organization with over 600 members dedicated to the study, appreciation and conservation of our wild plants and animals. The Club traces its history to the founding of the Hamilton Bird Protection Society in 1919.
Hamilton Port Authority
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