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Port of San Diego Recognizes Convention Center Sustainability

The San Diego Convention Center Corporation took home the gold at the Port of San Diego's Green Business Network Awards. Near the end of a milestone year for our sustainability efforts, we were given the Award for Overall Sustainable Achievement for Large Businesses.

The Green Business Network is part of the San Diego regional energy-efficiency and sustainability effort. We were recognized alongside our neighbors and fellow Port tenants.

"As a member of the Port of San Diego's Green Business Network, we are proud to exemplify sustainable business practices in our community and our industry," said President & CEO Clifford "Rip" Rippetoe, CFE. "It is our goal to host premier events, while minimizing their impact on the environment."

This year's standout accomplishment was earning LEED Gold Certification in Building Operations & Maintenance from the U.S. Green Building Council. In fact, to commemorate the occasion, we received a proclamation from the City of San Diego declaring April 19 as "San Diego Convention Center Excellence in Sustainability Day."

If you've been following along with us lately, you may have noticed that we are in the middle of the largest series of infrastructure upgrades in our history. Working on all these capital projects presents even more crucial opportunities to minimize waste.

In Fiscal Year 2017, we recycled 3,790 tons of materials, an all-time record for yearly material recycling. To put that number into perspective, 3,790 tons is more weight than 10 fully-loaded Boeing 747's. This massive amount was primarily from recycling the concrete floor replaced in our Sails Pavilion. This much recycling translated to 80 percent of all materials generated in our building being diverted from the landfill.

Another important milestone was our most recent wave of LED conversions. In December 2016, we unveiled the 1,208 light fixtures that had been replaced with LEDs in our entire exhibit hall. Each fixture was changed from a 400-watt fluorescent to a 240-watt LED with dimmable, wireless controls.

As always, Centerplate, our in-house catering team, plays an important role in our sustainability efforts. We operate kitchens that have no garbage disposals, leading to composting 173 tons of non-edible leftover food in Fiscal Year 2017. Additionally, we donate all edible food to the San Diego Rescue Mission, amounting to 54.5 tons in Fiscal Year 2017, or over 87,000 meals for San Diegans in need.

It's an honor to be recognized by the Port of San Diego, particularly in this landmark year for our sustainability efforts. To learn more about how we maintain an eco-friendly building, check out our Green Meetings brochure.

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Posted by Alec Church, on November 20, 2017
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