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Staying Green at Port of San Diego Hotels

The Port of San Diego recently launched its first ever Green Business Challenge. The program, launched through the Green Port Program, aims to increase the energy efficiency of businesses around the Bay and reduce environmental impacts. The ultimate goal of the Green Port Program is to achieve long-term environmental, societal and economic benefits through resource conservation, waste reduction and pollution prevention.

So far, nearly 60 businesses are participating including the USS Midway Museum, San Diego International Airport and General Dynamics NASSCO. Additionally, the hotels on the Port’s property are already making great strides in their efforts to reduce waste.

Highlights of their accomplishments include:

San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina
San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina: recently installed energy-efficient lighting in its front drive, lobby, pool area, guest rooms, and meeting space. In all, the project has saved the hotel 130,000 kWh per year.

Hilton San Diego Airport

Hilton San Diego Aiport:Retrofitted all exit signs to LED lights and vending misers for vending machines. Recycled paper is used for toilet paper as well as copy paper.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Hilton San Diego Bayfront: They recycle both commingled commodities recycling and food waste in conjunction with the City of San Diego with an overall diversion goal of 75%.

Manchester Grand Hyatt

Manchester Grand Hyatt:The Hyatt installed low flow faucets as well as utilizes solar heat for their pools and are in the process of purchasing a composting unit to compost on their property.

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina:The hotel utilizes fuel cell energy and composts food waste on the property. Additionally, the Sheraton recently finished a lighting audit and completed a retro-commissioning of the HVAC system.

Be sure to check out the Port’s Green Business Challenge website for more information on all businesses participating.

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5 To Try: Earth Day Edition

For those looking to connect with the environment this weekend, we offer you our 5 to Try: Celebrating Earth Day in San Diego.

1. On Sunday, April 17th, head down to Balboa Park to the annual EarthFair. Each year, EarthFair draws around 70,000 earth loving visitors making it the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. Produced by over 400 volunteers, EarthFair features more than 350 exhibitors, special theme areas, a food pavilion, a special kids’ activity area, three entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTH Gallery Art Show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse. It can get crowded so here are some transportation options to help you get to the fair.

2. From coral reefs to kelp forests, celebrate Earth Day with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. On Saturday, April 16, meet Scripps Oceanography scientists who are working to understand and preserve our oceans, make a recycled craft and learn new ways that you can help protect our ocean planet.

3. Looking to really help make San Diego green? Join the San Diego Surfrider Chapter for a beach cleanup Saturday morning at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. This is a great opportunity to help make San Diego’s beaches free from unwanted trash. All you have to do is show up and wear comfortable clothing. Surfrider will provide bags (or you can bring one from home), latex gloves and hand sanitizer. Moonlight Beach will appreciate your help!

4. Earth Day may be April 22, but SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium wants to inspire kids to do their part in caring for our seas every day. Throughout the month of April, SEA LIFE will feature an Earth Month-themed show daily at 11:00 am as well as special green learning activities and crafting activities every Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

5. It might surprise some to know that San Diego is home to more than 6,000 farmers and #1 in the nation for small farms. While dining out this weekend, why not try a restaurant known that takes advantage of locally produced ingredients. A few of my favorites include Urban Solace and Cucina Urbana. Even better, stop by one of San Diego’s farmers markets this weekend and make your own farm to table meal!

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20 San Diego Green Facts

San Diego’s commitment to the environment and the protection of its most treasured resources – 70 miles of beautiful beaches and the best year round weather in the country – is far reaching.

Below are 20 Green Facts about San Diego. On your next visit to San Diego, be sure to check one of them out!

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Science and a Little Green Go a Long Way

We all love going to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to see the latest exhibits and experience the IMAX theatre. One of its latest exhibits is “Earth Exposed”. In this exhibit, visitors will see erupting geysers, crumbling mountains and wind driven waves. The collection comprises more than 30 exhibits and places visitors up close and hands-on with many of the forces that continually shape and re-shape the planet. Not only will visitors learn about the earth and the environment, but they can also rest assured that the Fleet Science Center takes its own impact on the environment very seriously.

Since 2005, The Fleet Science Center has implemented measures to reduce its energy and water consumption and recently it achieved LEED Silver Certification for existing buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Fleet Science Center is the first building in Balboa Park to achieve such status.
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Sheraton San Diego Officially Earns Green Seal Certification

Recently, Green Seal awarded its highest award certification: Gold level. After five months of preparation, a rigorous on-site audit followed by two months of follow-up and verification, they officially received the news on August 5th. This marks the first hotel in San Diego to achieve Gold status from Green Seal. At the time of their certification, there were only 97 hotels certified in 23 states and only 2 are at the gold level. The Sheraton San Diego is the largest Sheraton on the west coast to be certified.

Green Seal is a non-profit organization whose mission is to use science-based programs to empower customers, purchasers, and companies to create a more sustainable world. There are three levels of certification awarded: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Their standards focus on waste minimization, energy conservation and management, management of fresh water resources, waste water management, pollution prevention, and organizational commitment like environmentally sensitive purchasing.

This certification marks the Sheraton San Diego’s true commitment to sustainability. Congratulations!