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San Diego City Council members headline Earth Day panel

Building owners encouraged to think blue

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Commercial real estate professionals are invited to participate in an unprecedented opportunity to meet with local elected officials and water pollution experts at a special Earth Day seminar hosted by BOMA San Diego. The event will take place Thursday, April 22, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at One America Plaza, second floor auditorium, 600 W. Broadway.

Cleaning up San Diego's beaches and bays is number four on city of San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy's 10 goals established at the onset of his current term. In February 2001, the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program was designated as the city's lead agency to achieve this goal through public education, finding and abating pollution sources, and enforcement.

The city's "Think Blue" education and outreach program, which teaches San Diegans what causes pollution and how to prevent it, has been instrumental in exceeding the city's initial goal of a 50 percent reduction in beach postings and closures by the end of calendar year 2004.

This seminar provides a unique opportunity to learn from experts about water pollution issues as well as guidelines that will help ensure a sustainable quality of life for all San Diegans. Attendees will also learn how pollution from commercial real estate impacts our local marine life and ways to mitigate those impacts.

The panel will include San Diego City Councilman Scott Peters; San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye; Lawrence McGuire and Antonius Evans, city of San Diego's Think Blue Campaign; Shirley Edwards, Esq., Gordon & Rees; and Dr. Largier, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and learn how building owners and service providers can help play an important role in protecting the environment and conserving our precious resources.

For more information about the seminar, call (619) 243-1817 or visit www.bomasd.org.

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