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Port of San Diego Earns 2018 Blue Sky Leadership Award from Industrial Environmental Association

The Port of San Diego has been honored with the 2018 Blue Sky Leadership Award from the Industrial Environmental Association. The Port was recognized for its Green Port Program, Climate Action Plan, Maritime Air Emissions Inventory and Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Redevelopment Plan. As the environmental champion for San Diego Bay, the Port has implemented these programs and projects as part of its ongoing efforts to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality.

“As the environmental champion of San Diego Bay, the Port of San Diego pursues evidence-based environmental programs and innovative projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect our air quality,” said Chairman Rafael Castellanos. “Receiving the Blue Sky Leadership Award highlights the hard work the Port has accomplished so far and our commitment to cleaner air for years to come.”

The award was presented at the 34th Annual Environmental Training Symposium and Conference on September 28, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center. It highlights the Port of San Diego’s safekeeping and environmental care of San Diego Bay and the surrounding waterfront.  

With assistance from stakeholders and businesses, the Port of San Diego has established a variety of sustainability initiatives that were highlighted by the Industrial Environmental Association.

Green Port Program

The Green Port Program was developed in 2008 and was created to achieve long-term environmental, societal and economic benefits through resource conservation, waste reduction and pollution prevention. The program is focused on Port-operated facilities. It sets measurable goals and evaluates progress annually.

Climate Action Plan

In 2013, the Port of San Diego was one of the first ports in the nation to adopt a Climate Action Plan (CAP). The Port established the CAP in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 2006 levels by the year 2020. Based on the most recent data (2016), GHG emissions have decreased by 13 percent since 2006, exceeding targets.

Maritime Air Emissions Inventory

Although there is no regulatory requirement to do so, the Port has taken the initiative to conduct assessments of emissions from its maritime activities in order to reduce air pollutants. The Maritime Air Emissions Inventory shows a decrease of air pollutants between 40% and 97% and a reduction in GHG emissions of 34% over the past 10 years compared to a 2006 baseline.

Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal (TAMT) Redevelopment Plan

The Port has established the TAMT Redevelopment Plan for its main cargo terminal to ensure that cargo growth over the next 20 years will not adversely affect air quality in the region. The Board adopted a series of measures to be implemented to improve air quality over baseline conditions.

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.


Port of San Diego Environment champions the safekeeping and environmental care of our diverse ecosystems. Year after year, environmental goals are set and measured to evolve environmental initiatives – ensuring San Diego Bay remains a vibrant resource and contributes to a remarkable way of life for visitors and residents for generations to come.