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Port of San Diego Receives Green Marine Certification for Environmental Efforts

Jun 24, 2019 12:38PM ● By Paul Spear

Port of San Diego Receives Green Marine Certification for Environmental Efforts

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The Port of San Diego has received an environmental certification from Green Marine, North America’s largest voluntary environmental certification program for the maritime industry. The Port enrolled in Green Marine in September 2018 and was the second port in California to become a Green Marine participant.

In order to earn the certification, the Port had to undergo a rigorous evaluation of its environmental initiatives. Results of the evaluation were then verified by an accredited external verifier.

Areas in which the Port was evaluated included initiatives for reduction of greenhouse gas and air pollutants, spill prevention, community impacts, environmental leadership, waste management and underwater noise. Initiatives were ranked on a 1-to-5 scale based on the detailed criteria specified for Green Marine’s performance indicators. The Port’s efforts were ranked with a 5 in nearly every indicator category and the results verified.

“The Port of San Diego is a champion for the environmental health of San Diego Bay and its tidelands,” said Garry Bonelli, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “To have our initiatives evaluated and verified with such outstanding results demonstrates that our environmental efforts are working. We will continue the Port’s diligence to protect the bay so that it can be enjoyed by our residents and visitors for generations to come.”

Green Marine’s 2018 certification program had 133 participants this year. Participants included ship owners, port authorities, seaway corporations, terminal operators and shipyard managers. Certificates were distributed during the June 2019 GreenTech conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Port of San Diego implemented a Green Port Program in 2008. The program includes initiatives to reduce water and energy use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, utilize renewable energy and more. The Port is also one of the first ports in the nation to establish a Climate Action Plan. The plan includes a 2020 goal to reduce the Port’s greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent relative to a 2006 baseline. Based on activities that occurred in 2016, greenhouse gas emissions have decreased 13 percent since 2006.

ABOUT THE PORT OF SAN DIEGO

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.

ABOUT PORT OF SAN DIEGO ENVIRONMENT

Port of San Diego Environment champions the safekeeping and environmental care of our diverse ecosystems. Year after year, environmental goals are set and measured to evolve environmental initiatives – ensuring San Diego Bay remains a vibrant resource and contributes to a remarkable way of life for visitors and residents for generations to come.


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“These are significant milestones. We’ve been working diligently with the City of Chula Vista and the RIDA Development Corporation. Residents from around the region as well as visitors and conventioneers can experience our revitalized bayfront. Thousands of folks will be employed at the Chula Vista Bayfront,” said Chairman Garry Bonelli, Board of Port Commissioners.

“This is a great day for Chula Vista, the Port of San Diego and the region,” said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. “We are thrilled the Port Commissioners approved the development permit for RIDA Development to construct our world-class hotel and convention center on the Chula Vista Bayfront. We look forward to the groundbreaking celebration in 2020!”

“We established many goals in the very beginning and we’re delivering. This project will bring a world-class hotel and convention center to the Chula Vista Bayfront while also providing a vehicle to build future public parks, restore sensitive habitat, and construct public infrastructure. This is an important project for the South Bay and it couldn’t happen without the collaboration between the Port, the City and RIDA,” said Port of San Diego Commissioner Ann Moore, the Board’s Chula Vista Representative.

After the Port issues the CDP to RIDA, next steps include securing financing, obtaining building and grading permits, close of escrow and lease execution. The Port currently anticipates site preparation and public infrastructure to begin in mid-2020.

“We were very pleased to receive unanimous approval from the Port of San Diego, supported by the City of Chula Vista.  We appreciate their collaborative partnership to date and look forward to working together to complete documentation and begin construction of the finest conference resort in the country,” said Ira Mitzner, President of RIDA Development Corporation.

The Chula Vista Bayfront resort hotel and convention center will be operated by Gaylord Hotels, the large convention hotel brand of Marriott International. It will include:
  • up to 1,600 hotel rooms;
  • approximately 400,000 square feet of convention and meeting space (including pre-function space);
  • retail and resort-level amenities such as:
    • restaurant/bar/lounge facilities;
    • recreational facilities;
    • a spa;
    • a pool with a lazy river;
    • bike and boat rentals; and more.
To ensure connectivity between the resort hotel and convention center and the wider Chula Vista Bayfront area, this project includes a Public Access Plan. Highlights include a public esplanade and a plaza and activity village with pedestrian promenades and bike paths, dining and snack stands, game activities, public art, and a pool with public access. The public will also be able to enjoy shopping and dining amenities, viewing terraces and lookout points, water features, beach games and more.
 
The project will be constructed west of Marina Parkway between H and G Streets. Public infrastructure improvements will begin first and could get underway in mid-2020, which includes preliminary site preparation, building access roads and new public streets (portions of E, G and H Streets), and providing utility services.
 
The project cost is estimated to be approximately $1.13 billion and is expected to have a tremendous regional economic impact, generating approximately $1.3 billion. RIDA estimates approximately 10,000 jobs (both direct and indirect) will be created during the construction period, and once built, another $475 million is anticipated to be generated per year with 1,500 permanent jobs created.
 
The resort hotel and convention center is the centerpiece and catalyst project of the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan (CVBMP), a decade-long joint planning effort by the Port, the City of Chula Vista and a broad coalition of stakeholders. The CVBMP was collaboratively planned through extensive public outreach that included more than 100 community meetings and resulted in a comprehensive Environmental Impact Report and Port Master Plan Amendment, which was approved by the Board in May 2010 and certified by the California Coastal Commission in August 2012. When complete, the public will enjoy more than 200 acres of parks, a shoreline promenade, walking trails, RV camping, shopping, dining and more. The CVBMP also establishes ecological buffers to protect wildlife habitat, species and other coastal resources.
About the Port of San Diego:
The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.
About Port of San Diego Waterfront Development:
Port of San Diego Waterfront Development contributes to the continuous prosperity of the local economy.

From Real Estate to Aquaculture and Blue Tech, the Port invests in major redevelopment and community infrastructure, so businesses in our region have the opportunity to stay competitive in the global marketplace.

About the City of Chula Vista:
The City of Chula Vista is located at the center of one of the richest cultural, economic and environmentally diverse zones in the United States. It is the second-largest City in San Diego County with a population of 270,000. Chula Vista boasts more than 50 square miles with coastal landscape, rolling hills, 65 parks, a marina, and miles of trails. Chula Vista is a leader in conservation and renewable energy, has outstanding public schools, and has been named one of the top safest cities in the country. Established neighborhoods, contemporary communities, corporations, a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, and historic downtown all contribute to Chula Vista’s attraction for both families and businesses. A promising future includes implementing smart city technology citywide, developing the 500-acre Chula Vista Bayfront, and planning for a new university on 375 acres.
About RIDA Development Corporation:
RIDA Development Corporation is a full-service real estate organization that has created and invested in innovative and economically successful office, residential, industrial, hospitality and retail developments for more than forty years. RIDA Development's corporate headquarters is located in Houston, TX with regional offices in Orlando, FL, Denver, CO, and Warsaw, Poland. These centralized locations allow RIDA Development to intimately oversee its projects in the US as well as Europe. RIDA Development’s recent hospitality developments include the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, Hilton Orlando, Marriott Marquis Houston, and Gaylord Rockies.
About Gaylord Hotels:
Gaylord Hotels® is a collection of hotels and upscale resorts that afford endless opportunities for leisure travelers and conventioneers. The brand’s hallmark—“everything in one place”—provides guests with diverse dining options, quality spa and fitness center services, top-notch entertainment, on-site shopping and endless activities. Gaylord Hotels is a pioneer in the hotel and convention industry with properties in the nation’s most desirable destinations. Gaylord Hotels include Gaylord Opryland® in Nashville, Tenn.; Gaylord Palms® in Kissimmee, Fla. near Orlando; Gaylord Texan® on Lake Grapevine near Dallas, Texas; Gaylord National® on the Potomac in National Harbor, Md.; Gaylord Rockies™ near Denver, Co; and The Inn at Opryland® in Nashville, Tenn.

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