Half Moon Marina, located at 2323 Shelter Island Drive on Shelter Island, has been working to build sustainable business practices.
Half Moon Marina participated in an energy audit conducted by SDG&E. Among most other marinas in the San Diego Bay, Half Moon Marina is recognized as a certified clean marina.
Their extensive recycling program along with their trash skimmer has diverted tons of waste from the landfill. They also have bike racks available for employee and visitor use.
Half Moon Marina Dockmaster, Brad Oliver shared more details about the marina’s sustainability practices in this guest blog:
I try and use social media as well as other resources available on the internet to look for ways to be greener and minimize energy usage. Within our office, we leave the lights off as much as possible, leave the heating and air conditioning off, minimize temperature swings in our restrooms, use a printer which prints double sided if possible, reuse discarded paper for notes, use old newspapers for packing material, etc. We use low flush toilets and low flow shower heads. Our restrooms and laundry room use motion activated lights, which turn on when someone walks in and off several minutes after no activity. We are also looking to change our outboard for our work boat to an electric motor using solar power to recharge the batteries.
In December 2009 with the help of the Port of San Diego, AMEC Environmental and Marina Accessories, we received a grant to purchase a trash skimmer. The device is a little smaller than a trash dumpster, has a huge water pump which pumps about 550 gallons a minute and removes debris from the water. Our marina is situated where the prevailing winds and tidal flow push trash, organic matter and other items into one corner of the marina.
We placed the skimmer closest to this area and we seldom see trash gather any longer. We typically remove around 150 gallons of debris each week. When we first installed the unit, that number was up to 10 times higher. Boaters, tenants and visitors have seen the amount of debris fall and know it's due to the skimmer. We hope to add another in the future. This has been a great way to help protect our marine environment.
As we move forward, we will continue to look for unique ways to minimize waste and re-use when possible. Areas we hope to explore are water usage on the docks as well as in the restrooms and laundry. Our gate and door locks use a low voltage system, but we hope to separate the electrical usage to solar in the future. We also will continue to network with others in our business as well as with government agencies, such as the Port of San Diego to find ways to improve sustainability. We are all in this together and will work together as we move forward in helping the environment.