Awards

Awards

The San Diego Convention Center is an award-winning facility. Listed below are some of our amazing accomplishments throughout the years.

2018

  • PR News Top Women, Barbara Cosio Moreno
  • Women in Tourism & Hospitality Honoree, Barbara Cosio Moreno
  • Women of Influence Catalyst for Change Award, Clifford "Rip" Rippetoe
  • City of San Diego Recycler of the Year
  • TWIN Visionary Award, Karen Totaro
  • Creativity International Awards: Top Blog Posts of 2017 Email Design, Silver Winner; FY17 Annual Report, Bronze Winner
  • American Inhouse Design Award, 2017 Pride T-shirt
  • California Restaurant Association Gold Medallion Award, Venue Partner of the Year
  • California Meetings + Events Magazine as the Best Conference/Convention Center
  • IAVM 30 Under 30, Geri Koenig
  • Cvent 6th Top Meeting Destination
  • Prevue Visionary Awards Best of the West
  • PRSA Bernays Award of Excellence: for the Integrated Communications Plan for the Closure of Harbor Drive during Comic-Con
  • San Diego Press Club: Excellence in Journalism Award for the photo/video essay of the Sails Pavilion roof replacement; 2017 Top 10 Blog Posts, 2nd Place; FY17 Annual Report, 3rd Place

2017

  • Recycler of the Year, City of San Diego
  • City of San Diego Recycler of the Year
  • James V. Cunningham Service Award, Daryl O'Donnell
  • Gold Keys Pattie Roscoe Allied Person Award, Mark Emch
  • TWIN Visionary Award, Barbara Moreno
  • International Creativity Awards: 30-Day Countdown to MLB All-Star FanFest (Silver in Alternative Media, Infographics)
  • IAVM Venue Excellence Award
  • IAVM 30 Under 30, Daren Smylie and Bahiah Odeh-Eppig
  • Port of San Diego Green Business Network Overall Sustainable Achievement for Large Businesses
  • Creativity International Award: FY16 Annual Report, Silver Award; Attendee Guide, Silver Award; MLB AllStar FanFest Infographic, Silver Award; TwitchCon Timelapse, Bronze Award
  • Graphic Design USA American InHouse Design: FY16 Annual Report; Comic-Con Chocolate Bar Packaging
  • Cvent 5th Top Meeting Destination
  • PR News' 2017 Nonprofit Award for Best Blog

2016

  • Recycler of the Year, City of San Diego
  • PRSA Bronze Bernay Award: FY 15 Annual Report; The Convention Center Connection (blog)
  • Port of San Diego Green Business Network Waste Reduction Award
  • Graphic Design USA American InHouse Design: Best Logo Redesign; Attendee Guide; Monthly Forecast Infographic; FY15 Annual Report; 2015 Holiday Card
  • TWIN Award, Molly De Mers and Debbie Dyer

2015

  • Prime Site Award, Facilities & Destinations
  • JV Cunningham Award for Service Excellence, Jeff Pinkley
  • IAVM Lifetime Achievement Award, Carol Wallace
  • Port of San Diego Green Business Network Innovative Initiative
  • Creativity International Award: Website, Bronze Award; FY14 Annual Report, Bronze Award; Comic-Con Infographic, Bronze Award
  • PRSA Bernay Award: Website Redesign, Bronze; 25 Years of Success, Silver
  • SD Press Club: Website Design, Best of Show; Website, Use of Design, First Place

2014

  • 2014 Edward L. Bernays Mark of Merit: Online Videos, "Rooftop Park Will Energize San Diego's Waterfront"
  • Travel & Leisure top five best convention destinations
  • PCMA Professional Achievement Supplier Honoree, Carol Wallace
  • Cvent 5th Top Meeting Destination

2013

  • Recognized as one of the World’s Top Convention Centers, Trade Show Executive
  • Prime Site Award, Facilities & Destinations

2012

  • Distinctive Achievement Award, Association Conventions & Facilities Magazine
  • Recycler of the Year, City of San Diego
  • SDG&E Energy Showcase Excellence in Energy Savings Champion Award
  • Prime Site Award, Facilities & Destinations

2011

  • Professional Convention Management Association Environmental Leadership Award
  • Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP), California Integrated Waste Management Board
  • Recycler of the Year, City of San Diego
  • Prime Site Award, Facilities & Destinations
  • LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Performance Standards and Practices, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Best Convention Center, Southern California Meetings + Events

2010

  • Clean Air Circle Honoree, American Lung Association
  • Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP), California Integrated Waste Management Board
  • Sustainable Business Practices Award, Downtown San Diego Partnership
  • Large Service Provider of the Year, California Restaurant Association San Diego Chapter
  • Recycler of the Year, City of San Diego
  • Prime Site Award, Facilities & Destinations
  • Best Convention Center, Southern California Meetings + Events

2009

  • Prime Site Award, Facilities & Destinations
  • Inner Circle Award, Association Meetings
  • Large Champion Honoree Award, for Excellence in Energy Savings, San Diego Gas and Electric Company
  • Best Convention Center, Southern California Meetings + Events
  • Technology Hero, Technology Training Foundation of America
  • Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP), California Integrated Waste Management Board

2008

  • Recycler of the Year, City of San Diego
  • Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP), California Integrated Waste Management Board
  • Inner Circle Award, Association Meetings

2007

  • Director's Award for Recycling Efforts, City of San Diego
  • Prime Site Award, Facilities & Destinations

2006

  • Best Convention Center, Planners' Best Bets, Meetings West
  • Multicultural Heritage Award, San Diego Business Journal
  • Director's Award (for recycling efforts), City of San Diego

2005

  • Marble Award for Workplace Excellence, San Diego Society for Human Resources
  • SANDEE Award Central Plant Efficiency Project in non profit category, San Diego Excellence in Energy

2004

  • Planners Choice Award, Meeting News
  • Prime Site Award, Facilities & Destinations
  • Golden Watchdog Award
  • Best Convention Center in North America, Watkins Research Group

2003

  • Director’s Award (for recycling efforts), City of San Diego
  • Best Staff, Trade Show Week
  • Recognized as one of Best Designed Convention Centers in the Country, Expo
  • Supplier of the Year (Convention Center)/Expo
  • Exhibitor Pick, Expo
  • Planners Choice Award, Meeting News
  • Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP), California Integrated Waste Management Board

2002

  • Planners Choice Award, Meeting News
  • Honorable Mention, Waste Reduction and Recycling Awards, City of San Diego
  • Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP), California Integrated Waste Management Board

2001

  • Planners Choice Award, Meeting News

2000

  • Planners Choice Award, Meeting News
  • Prime Site Award, Facilities & Destinations
  • Top Three Convention Centers in the World, Meetings and Incentive Travel (Europe’s largest leading trade publication)

1999

  • Planners Choice Award, Meeting News
  • Prime Site Award, Facilities & Destinations
  • Top Three Convention Centers in the World, Meetings and Incentive Travel (Europe’s largest leading trade publication)

1998

  • Planners Choice Award, Meeting News
  • Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP), California Integrated Waste Management Board

1997

  • Planners Choice Award, Meeting News
  • Prime Site Award, Facilities & Destinations

1996

  • Planners Choice Award, Meeting News magazine
  • Prime Site Award, Facilities & Destinations

1995

  • Prime Site Award, Facilities & Destinations

1994

  • Planners Choice Award, Meeting News

1993

  • Planners Choice Award, Meeting News

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