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Port's Green Business Network Getting Greener

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GBN Logo Nametag 21A first-of-its-kind sustainable business network launched by the Port of San Diego is continuing to help Port businesses improve their energy efficiency and sustainability goals.

The Green Business Network, now in its third year thanks to continued support from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), has grown from 49 members – participating in the 2011 Green Business Challenge – to 70 waterfront businesses who continue to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability in 2013.

The program helps connect businesses to free resources such as energy and water use audits, rebates on equipment, one-on-one technical consultation, and monthly workshops.

What have they accomplished in that time? Take a look at these numbers:

  • Members of the Green Business Network have received $307,214 in incentives from SDG&E.
  • Members have reduced energy consumption by 1.76 million kWh of electricity and 73,000 therms. That's the equivalent of removing 335 cars from the road for one year.
  • Members represent 76 percent of total electricity consumption and 49 percent of total natural gas consumption on Port tidelands, so their conservation efforts have a great potential for impact in our region.

"The Port is committed to working with our waterfront businesses to reduce their energy and water use through innovative strategies and by sharing best practices," said Chair Ann Moore of the Board of Port Commissioners. "The numbers from SDG&E show that this program is helping to reduce these businesses' environmental impact, and it's also saving them money."

The Green Business Network began three years ago with a goal to make San Diego Bay a "greener" place to live and work. Network members include hotels, restaurants, retail shops, marinas and maritime businesses.

"Being part of the Green Business Network has raised an awareness with our key team players here, understanding that this is a constant battle that we need to take on and make sure that our operations are both environmentally sensitive and responsible," said Todd Roberts, Vice President of Marine Group Boatworks in Chula Vista.

To learn more about the Green Business Network visit GreenPortNetwork.org.

About the Green Business Network:

The Green Business Network is an integrated energy efficiency and sustainability effort spearheaded by the Port of San Diego and San Diego Gas & Electric. Members of the Network – which include Port tenant restaurants, marinas, hotels and attractions - strive to reduce their environmental impact by taking advantage of free technical assistance, attending monthly training on green business tactics, and sharing best-practices with fellow businesses.

About the Port:

The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California. It was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula VistaCoronadoImperial BeachNational City and San Diego.

The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 18 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of more than 600 tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.

The Port of San Diego is an economic engine, an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety.