The Healthy Port Communities Coalition (HPCC)
HPCC advocates for healthy and prosperous Houston Ship Channel communities. We have worked to expand transparency at Port Houston, reduce pollution through zero emissions technology, and protect people’s health through protective standards and enforcement. HPCC recognizes the importance of an informed and active local community and we provide information and tools for local residents to advocate for themselves and their communities.
Strategic Priorities and Goals
- Health & Safety: Advocate on behalf of Port communities so that people have a say in their lives and feel Safe.
- Air Quality: Minimize emissions and air toxins that pose long-term public health risks and reduce chemical incidents.
- Accountability: Increase transparency, accountability, and consequences for polluters. Ensure the development of a proactive emergency response to protect communities.
- Project 11 Houston Ship Channel Expansion Project
- A Zero Emissions Future
- Healthy Communities For All
- Transparency and Community Involvement in Decision Making
- Economic Benefit
- Energy & The Environment
- Clean Air
- Chemical Safety
The Timeline of HPCC
November 20HPCC Founded
The Healthy Port Communities Coalition (HPCC) is founded with support from the Houston Endowment.
Port Houston Commission Chairman Janice Longoria established the Chairman’s Citizens Advisory Council. Founding members include Brian Butler of Air Alliance Houston, Rev. James Caldwell of the Coalition of Community Organizations, and Bridgette Murray of Achieving Community Tasks Successfully.
OctoberProfile of Community Health Created
MarchFederal Non-Profit Status Received
November 4Heavy Truck Idling Ban Passed
October 10Houston ISD Passes Bus Idling Ban
2016HPCC Ship Channel Tours Begin
HPCC conducts 17 tours of Houston Ship Channel communities for more than 100 participants during the year.
OctoberU of H Releases Clean Transportation Benefits Report
The University of Houston releases an HPCC-funded report on the benefits of clean transportation. The report shows the potential for $2 billion in health benefits in 2040 from an aggressive electrification scenario.
AprilWinter Storm Uri Funding Awarded
The HPCC is awarded emergency funding from the JPB Foundation to respond to Winter Storm Uri.
AugustFirst Port Houston Clean Air Strategy Plan Released
SeptemberHARC Releases Report On Port Houston Pollution
OctoberPort Houston Plans To Clean Up Their Dredging
After the HARC report is the lead story in the Houston Chronicle, Port Houston announces it will delay the start of the dredge and dump project in order to contract for clean dredging equipment.