The Port of San Diego’s Green Business Network has received an Honorable Mention in the Stakeholder Education, Awareness and Involvement category in the 2017 American Association of Port Authorities’ Environmental Awards. The Port, along with three other Ports, was recognized during the awards luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at the American Association of Port Authorities’ 106th Annual Convention and Exposition in Long Beach.
“The Port of San Diego champions the safekeeping of the environment and we want to encourage others to do the same,” said Port Chairman Robert “Dukie” Valderrama. “Through our Green Business Network program, we are able to educate our tenants and help them make changes to reduce their environmental impact. By working as a team, we can make San Diego Bay a greener place to live, work and play.”
Initiated in 2010, the Green Business Network is an integrated energy efficiency and sustainability program established by the Port to educate tenants and sub-tenants on ways to implement sustainability across business lines, which result in greenhouse gas emission reductions and cost savings.
Currently, 88 Port tenants and sub-tenants are participating in the program, including restaurants, industrial businesses, hotels, marinas and retail shops. These businesses focus on implementing projects that decrease energy, water and waste, while promoting a sustainable culture for employees and consumers. These participating tenants account for about 80 percent of the energy consumed on Port tidelands, making their sustainability efforts vital in reducing the Port’s overall environmental impact on San Diego Bay and in meeting the Port’s greenhouse gas reduction goals set forth in its Climate Action Plan.
To further encourage participation, membership for the program is no-cost for tenant and sub-tenant businesses. In addition, the Green Business Network, in collaboration with San Diego Gas & Electric, provides members with technical and educational assistance, marketing tools, trainings, rebate assistance, and community recognition for their environmental leadership.
Since 2010, Green Business Network members have collectively saved 10.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity and 299,000 therms. This is enough to power 968 homes for one year.
Since 1973, the American Association of Port Authorities has recognized port activities that benefit the environment through these annual awards. The Stakeholder Awareness, Education and Involvement category recognizes innovative outreach efforts of port agencies that focus on involving stakeholders in environmental initiatives.