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Port of San Diego Recognized at SANDAG Diamond Awards as Platinum Recipient

The Port of San Diego has once again been recognized as a San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Diamond Award winner, as a Platinum recipient. SANDAG hosts the Diamond Awards every year to celebrate employers from across the region for their leadership in sustainable commuting to and from the workplace. The award presentation comes just in time for the Port’s celebration of Green Port Month

The award was presented at a ceremony held at the Downtown Central Library on September 13, 2023. The Port received Platinum status, the highest level of recognition in the program, for the second year in a row.  

“The Port of San Diego is honored to be recognized with a SANDAG Diamond Award for our commitment to reducing carbon emissions through the sustainable commuting of our workforce,” said Chairman Rafael Castellanos, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “Providing greener options for our employees is just one of the many ways the Port is tackling the climate crisis and building healthier communities. Celebrating this achievement during Green Port month makes it even more special.”

The Port’s commuter benefits program includes a hybrid remote work program, electric vehicle charging stations for employees, and a commuter reimbursement program. The Port reimburses employees 100 percent of out-of-pocket expenses incurred through participation in alternative transportation programs such as commuter carpool/vanpool services, or the purchase of monthly passes for bus, train, and/or trolley transportation.

Green Port Month is an annual celebration of past, ongoing, and emerging environmental achievements by the Port. It’s also an opportunity for staff to practice and learn how to incorporate environmental stewardship in their everyday lives. 

The SANDAG Diamond Awards recognize organizations in the Employee Commuter Program for their accomplishments in promoting sustainable commute choices. Employers earn Diamond Award points throughout the year by establishing commuter benefits programs, hosting commuter events, and encouraging employee behavior shifts toward sustainable transportation. There are four tiers of Diamond Awards recognition: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

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.