Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa Executive Chef Michael Poompan took home the title of Top Green Chef 2015 on September 10, 2015 among some of the region's best chefs. Four chefs from the Port of San Diego's Green Business Network restaurants competed in the fourth annual timed competition by using fresh, local sustainable ingredients to prepare an appetizer and entrée for a panel of VIP judges. The judges scored the dishes based on taste, presentation and creativity, and the chef with the highest combined points from both courses was crowned the Top Green Chef.
The Port of San Diego established Green Port Month in 2008 with the purpose of increasing awareness and encouraging employees to develop a culture of sustainability. Celebrated each September, Green Port Month provides opportunities for staff to learn more about sustainability and how to incorporate "green" practices into their daily work and home activities.