The Port of San Diego honored seven of its sustainable tenants for their efforts toward ensuring the preservation of San Diego Bay at the 2017 Green Business Network Sustainable Achievement Award Ceremony. The event was held November 7, 2017 aboard the USS Midway Museum.
Each year, the Port recognizes outstanding members in seven sustainability categories. The following Port tenants received 2017 Green Business Network Sustainable Achievement Awards:
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina for Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency initiatives implemented by Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina include the addition of two LEED silver certified ballrooms in 2016 and banquet facilities with state-of-the-art ventilation technologies to reduce energy use. The Marriot Marquis San Diego Marina also underwent an energy audit which identified potential energy savings measures that, if implemented, could save more than 2 million kilowatt hours.
Hilton San Diego Bayfront for Water Efficiency
Water efficiency initiatives implemented by the Hilton San Diego Bayfront include a towel and sheet reuse program for hotel guests; a high-tech laundry system that reclaims 70 percent of water used for cleaning dirty laundry; and a water consumption reduction of 18.7 percent in 2016.
Marine Group Boat Works for Air Emissions
Marine Group Boat Works executed various emission reduction initiatives including acquiring a fleet of five electrical vehicles (EV) to transport employees around the boatyard; six EV chargers at their Chula Vista facility and one EV charger at their National City yard available for fleet and personal vehicles; and two electric forklifts awarded through a California Energy Commission grant to the Port Tenants Association.
Bay Club Hotel & Marina for Employee Engagement
Bay Club Hotel & Marina implemented employee engagement tactics such as forming an internal Green Team to create a sustainable culture and conducting employee trainings on waste reduction, energy efficiency and alternative transportation. They also focused on encouraging alternative commuting by establishing a safe place for employees to store bicycles and creating flexible employee work schedules to accommodate public transit schedules.
BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair for Waste Reduction
Waste management initiatives implemented by BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair included a waste audit conducted by staff members in the environmental department who created a waste audit template, assessed waste throughout different buildings and created a waste audit report. BAE Systems also removed water cups and plastic water bottles from all employee areas and increased municipal solid waste diversion from 6 percent to 22 percent in one year.
Sunroad Resort Marina for Overall - Small Company
Sunroad Resort Marina was awarded the Overall - Small Company award for its many environmental initiatives implemented on their small-scale facility. These included installing occupancy sensors in restrooms and LED lighting retrofits throughout the building; setting up low flow bathroom fixtures; establishing priority parking spaces for smart commuter choices; properly labeling waste bins and recycling signage; and using drought tolerant landscaping on their facility.
San Diego Convention Center for Overall - Large Company
The San Diego Convention Center executed several large-scale initiatives. They acquired a LEED Gold certification in 2017; saw energy reductions through LED lighting retrofits and HVAC upgrades; and achieved the diversion of 79 percent of waste in 2016 through recycling, composting and a food donation program. They also saw a reduction of 2.7 million gallons of water through low flow fixtures, outdoor landscaping and energy efficient dishwashers.
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