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Port of San Diego Honors Six Sustainable Green Business Network Members

Six businesses that operate on the Port of San Diego waterfront have been honored for their efforts toward ensuring the preservation of San Diego Bay and surrounding communities. During the 2018 Green Business Network Sustainable Achievement Award Ceremony held December 7, 2018, CP Kelco San Diego, General Dynamics NASSCO, HII San Diego Shipyard Inc. (formerly Continental Maritime of San Diego), Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island, Living Coast Discovery Center, and Sun Harbor Marina were all honored for their sustainable achievements. 

“We are honored to recognize these businesses for their efforts and commitment to improve their operational efficiency and sustainable business practices,” said Chairman Rafael Castellanos, Board of Port Commissioners. “Through their participation in the Green Business Network, they join the Port in protecting the land, air and water on and around San Diego Bay.”

The Port of San Diego launched the Green Business Network in 2010 for businesses located on Port tidelands as part of its work as the environmental champion of San Diego Bay. The voluntary program provides education to members on ways they can save money and reduce their environmental impact by prioritizing energy efficiency, clean transportation, water conservation, and waste reduction. Currently, 88 Port tenants participate in the program, including waterfront industries, hotels, marinas, restaurants, tourist attractions, and retail shops. 

Additional information about the honorees for the 2018 Green Business Network Sustainable Achievement Awards is as follows:

Waste Management – CP Kelco
CP Kelco launched new efforts to improve the sustainability of its businesses, which included a “Zero Waste to Landfill” goal, focusing on finding recycling or reuse outlets for all waste streams. One of its largest efforts involved diverting the company’s food waste byproduct. A local tree nursery began using it in its composting division, resulting in 100 percent of the byproduct (2,000 tons a year) being diverted from local landfills. In addition, CP Kelco implemented additional waste management programs that focused on reusing, recycling or refurbishing its plastic, metal and fiber drums, wood pallets and domestic appliance and electronic waste. Through these initiatives, CP Kelco increased its recycling/reuse rate to 79 percent.

Innovative Initiative – General Dynamics NASSCO
General Dynamics NASSCO was named "The Greenest Shipyard of the Year" at the Green Shipping USA Summit in September 2017 for designing and building the world's first LNG-powered container ship. LNG is the cleanest burning fossil fuel and produces less emissions and pollutants than either coal or oil. In June 2018, General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the eighth and final LNG-ready ECO Class tanker. These tankers have a 33 percent fuel-efficiency improvement compared to standard tankers and are some of the most fuel-efficient tankers in the world.

Clean Transportation – HII San Diego Shipyard Inc.
HII San Diego Shipyard Inc. (formerly Continental Maritime of San Diego) has replaced half of its diesel-powered trucks and stationary equipment with cleaner vehicles powered by E85 gasoline or natural gas/propane. Additionally, the shipyard has upgraded all but one of its forklifts to electric or propane and is a recent recipient of an electric forklift through the San Diego Port Tenants Association’s California Energy Commission Grant. Additionally, the shipyard is a SANDAG iCommute Diamond Award Winner – Platinum Tier for its outstanding efforts in encouraging employees to use environmentally-sustainable transportation options to get to and from work. 

Energy Efficiency – Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island
Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island installed new, high-efficiency heating and cooling units, a more efficient chiller and boiler, a “cool roof” that stays 50 percent cooler than the previous black rooftop, and a building management system enabling scheduling and automatic setback controls to increase energy efficiency throughout the building. Its efforts resulted in significantly reduced natural gas and electric consumption (18-percent reduction in electrical demand, 17-percent reduction in natural gas consumption, 14-percent reduction in peak demand) and an estimated annual cost savings of more than $70,000.

Employee Engagement – Living Coast Discovery Center
The Living Coast Discovery Center has implemented several sustainable initiatives including an onsite composting program – a compost bin is available in the staff kitchen and employees are encouraged to bring food waste from home to compost; providing educational “Trash Talkers” at zero-waste sorting stations for all onsite rentals and events as well as offsite public events to minimize the amount of waste sent to the landfill; hosting various Earth Week activities such as educational tabling and interactive games that show guests the importance of conserving and protecting Earth’s resources and wildlife; and forming a Green Team to educate employees on sustainability topics.

Water Efficiency – Sun Harbor Marina
Sun Harbor Marina is a LEED-certified marina. LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environment Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Aligning with this certification, the marina continues to implement water-saving measures including low-flow sinks, showers and toilets, and waterless urinals; timers on the drip irrigation system and water fountain features which cut down on water evaporation; and drought-tolerant landscaping and decomposed granite that cut down on water consumption. The marina also conducted a water audit in 2018 to identify potential, additional water- saving measures to implement in upcoming years.

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.