Friday, September 15, 2017

September is Green at the Port of San Diego

By Karen Robes Meeks

The San Diego Board of Port Commissioners this week declared September “Green Port Month” at the Port of San Diego, Calif.

“Green Port Month is a reminder of our commitment to being champions of conservation and protecting our diverse ecosystems,” said Board Chairman Robert “Dukie” Valderrama. “We hope that our employees, tenants and the public will participate in the events being offered and use them as a chance to learn more about what they can do to contribute to safekeeping our environment.”

Created in 2008 to raise environmental awareness and to highlight its long-term benefits, Green Port Month celebrates its 10th year this month. Port officials have planned a series of public events to mark the milestone, including Taste of the Port where visitors can sample from local eateries and see local chefs battle in a sustainable cooking competition. for more information.

Over the last 10 years, the Port of San Diego has funded 85 projects totaling $10 million. Among its effort, the port adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2013 that sets goals for lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and created an aquaculture program in 2015 that focuses on fisheries and environmental remediation.