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Convention Center receives Innovative Initiative award

The San Diego Convention Center has received the Innovative Initiative award from the Port of San Diego's Green Business Network for its sustainable business practices.

The award was given Thursday during the Port of San Diego's fourth annual Top Green Chef cook-off at SDG&E's Energy Innovation Center. The Convention Center's Executive Chef Daryl O'Donnell was among four waterfront chefs to compete for the title.

During the cook-off, Port staff recognized seven waterfront businesses for going above and beyond in sustainable businesses practices. The winners were selected by a Port Committee, which evaluated the businesses on their energy usage, air emissions, waste reduction and water usage.

The San Diego Convention Center is a member of the Port's Green Business Network, a collection of waterfront businesses on Port lands that seek to reduce their environmental footprint through sustainable business practices.

In selecting the Convention Center, Port staff cited the following highlights accomplishments:

· The San Diego Convention Center was the first facility in our industry to convert 100 percent to fluorescent lighting in our exhibit halls (saving 1.3 million kWh annually, reducing energy consumption by 44 percent).

· The Convention Center is currently in the process of an LED lighting retrofit of 10,000 fixtures in the facility.

· SDCC implemented an Energy Star portfolio manager.

"Making sound environmental choices are not only the responsible thing to do, it's the right thing to do," said Convention Center President and CEO Carol Wallace. "We are proud to have our employees be part of the shared solution in finding ways to improve our sustainable business practices and reduce our impact on the environment."

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