TAMPA, Fla.— Port Tampa Bay is proud to announce that Phil Steadham, the port’s environmental affairs director, has been selected to sit on the environment committee of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), headquartered in Alexandria, Va.
The environment committee monitors, collects and disseminates information related to all aspects of the environmental impact of ports, including air quality, water quality, storm water, contaminated sediment, sustainability and environmental management systems. Additionally, the committee recognizes port achievement in environmental performance and facilitates the sharing of best management practices related to enhancing the coastal environment and engaging stakeholders and communities surrounding ports and port facilities.
Mr. Steadham has 30 years of management experience in environmental compliance, permitting, and regulatory affairs in industry and government. He has managed environmental compliance matters at three phosphate fertilizer manufacturing facilities, two phosphate rock mines, and a deep water port prior to his current duties at the Port of Tampa, including the oversight of six Brownfield sites in various stages of remediation. He represents the Port on the Community-Right-To-Know Local Emergency Planning Committee, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, and the Agency on Bay Management. He also chairs the Army Corps of Engineers/Tampa Port Authority Migratory Bird Protection Committee, which serves to protect migratory birds during the annual nesting season on Port dredge disposal islands. He earned his bachelor’s degree, with majors in zoology and chemistry, from the University of South Florida.
Port Tampa Bay has a long and rich history of stewardship to the environment and marine habitats around Tampa Bay. The port authority has been recognized nationally with unique projects and collaborative initiatives that enable marine flora and fauna to thrive and contribute to the integrity of Tampa Bay.
“Port Tampa Bay has one of the most active and solid commitments to environment of any port in the Western Hemisphere, said Paul Anderson, port president and CEO. “A seat on the AAPA environment committee is a perfect fit for Port Tampa Bay and for our very apt director of environmental affairs, who will add a very seasoned, proactive element to this prestigious group of professionals.”
Founded in 1912, the American Association of Port Authorities is a trade association which represents more than 130 public port authorities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. In addition, Association members include more than 300 sustaining and associate members — firms and individuals with an interest in the seaports of the Western Hemisphere. AAPA is dedicated to serving deep draft public ports by enhancing port management professionalism, and advocating issues critical to public seaports.
AAPA promotes the common interests of the port community, and provides leadership on trade, transportation, environmental and other issues related to port development and operations. AAPA also works to educate the public, media, local, state and Federal legislators about the essential role ports play within the global transportation system.
AAPA Headquarters is located in Alexandria, Virginia, approximately 5 miles south of Reagan National Airport, at 1010 Duke Street, between N. Henry and S. Patrick Streets. The staff includes 14 full-time, and three part-time, employees. AAPA’s annual budget is approximately $2.3 million.
AAPA is governed by its 10-member Executive Committee and 66-member Board of Directors. AAPA has 13 technical and three policy committees; there are 350 individual corporate and almost 200 individual associate members on the committees. Annual convention sites are selected five years in advance by the Board of Directors during the AAPA Spring Conference in Washington, D.C.
About Port Tampa Bay
Port Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port and the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center. The port was recently voted “Simply the Best” for world-class customer service in a Logistics Management Magazine reader poll. For more information, visit www.portTB.com.