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Green Business Network

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Aerial view of the San Diego bay and downtown San Diego

GREENWORK Makes the Dreamwork

At the Green Business Network, we’re growing business and saving the environment. Available to all Port of San Diego tenants and subtenants, the Green Business Network is a voluntary sustainability program that provides free education and resources to waterfront businesses committed to reducing our collective carbon footprint. We collaborate with our members on training opportunities and supply resources to help them improve operational efficiency and implement sustainable business practices that keep our bay blue. 


Shining a “Green” Light on San Diego Convention Center Sustainability Efforts

The San Diego Convention Center, whose employees are fully committed to a greener Convention Center and a bluer bay, is a key member of the Port of San Diego’s Green Business Network. A voluntary sustainability program, the Port’s Green Business Network provides free education and resources to members in order to help them save money and reduce their environmental impact by prioritizing energy efficiency, clean transportation, water conservation, and waste reduction. 

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Highlights of the San Diego Convention Center’s sustainable achievements include:

  • The outdoor landscaping team uses drip irrigation, drought-tolerant plants and mulch to reduce watering, save resources and reduce run-off into the bay. 
  • 100 percent of the cardboard received from various deliveries is recycled. During Comic-Con 2018 alone, that totaled 50 tons! Additionally, 1,278 tons of waste generated was diverted from landfills in Fiscal Year 2018. 
  • There are no garbage disposals in the Convention Center kitchens. As a result, 125 tons of non-edible food scraps were composted in Fiscal Year 2018. 
  • Disposable containers used for catering are sustainably sourced and biodegradable.
  • A custom-fabricated, on-site recycling sorting system is used to separate all recyclable and compostable materials to reach a goal of diverting 75% of materials away from landfills by 2020. 
  • In Fiscal Year 2018, more than 72 tons of untouched food was donated to the San Diego Rescue Mission – that was enough to plate 115,000 meals. 
  • All lights in the San Diego Convention Center exhibit halls and those used to illuminate the iconic Sails Pavilion are LEDs.
  • The food and beverage teams purchase produce and protein from within a 150-mile radius of the building whenever possible, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions released while transporting goods.

The Port thanks the Convention Center because green communities don’t just happen. We make them happen together!

The Port and its Green Business Network dream of ensuring San Diego Bay remains a vibrant resource and contributes to a remarkable way of life for visitors and residents for generations to come. As the team says, it takes “green work to make the dream work!”

Launched in 2010, the Green Business Network is made up of waterfront businesses who are all Port tenants and subtenants, including hotels, marinas, restaurants, tourist attractions, retail shops and waterfront industries.


Join the Network

Over 70 businesses have already joined the Green Business Network. Resources and educational opportunities available to Members include:

  • Free Educational & Technical Resources: We provide educational workshops and resources to introduce you to new and innovative technology to reduce your environmental footprint.
  • Hands-On Support: We offer one-on-one assistance to improve your sustainability practices.
  • Community Recognition: Members are recognized for their commitment to sustainable business practices through public outreach campaigns, a robust social media network, featured case studies, and an annual awards ceremony.
  • Networking: Member events and workshops offer opportunities to learn and network with other committed members. 

Become a Member today!


2018 Green Business Network Award Winners

Contact Us

Port of San Diego
Planning & Green Port
3165 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101

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