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Port of San Diego Receives Green Marine Certification for Environmental Efforts

The Port of San Diego has received an environmental certification from Green Marine, North America’s largest voluntary environmental certification program for the maritime industry. The Port enrolled in Green Marine in September 2018 and was the second port in California to become a Green Marine participant.

In order to earn the certification, the Port had to undergo a rigorous evaluation of its environmental initiatives. Results of the evaluation were then verified by an accredited external verifier.

Areas in which the Port was evaluated included initiatives for reduction of greenhouse gas and air pollutants, spill prevention, community impacts, environmental leadership, waste management and underwater noise. Initiatives were ranked on a 1-to-5 scale based on the detailed criteria specified for Green Marine’s performance indicators. The Port’s efforts were ranked with a 5 in nearly every indicator category and the results verified.

“The Port of San Diego is a champion for the environmental health of San Diego Bay and its tidelands,” said Garry Bonelli, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “To have our initiatives evaluated and verified with such outstanding results demonstrates that our environmental efforts are working. We will continue the Port’s diligence to protect the bay so that it can be enjoyed by our residents and visitors for generations to come.”

Green Marine’s 2018 certification program had 133 participants this year. Participants included ship owners, port authorities, seaway corporations, terminal operators and shipyard managers. Certificates were distributed during the June 2019 GreenTech conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Port of San Diego implemented a Green Port Program in 2008. The program includes initiatives to reduce water and energy use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, utilize renewable energy and more. The Port is also one of the first ports in the nation to establish a Climate Action Plan. The plan includes a 2020 goal to reduce the Port’s greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent relative to a 2006 baseline. Based on activities that occurred in 2016, greenhouse gas emissions have decreased 13 percent since 2006.

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.