It’s one of the prettiest places you can visit and the Port of San Diego and SDG&E are helping The Coronado Ferry Landing stay that way. The center is part of the Port of San Diego’s Green Business Network. In the last couple of years, the center has saved quite a bit on its energy and water bills as well as waste that would’ve reached our landfills. For tourists this is a destination and for locals, services offered here are helping them conserve fuel and preserve the environment. Phoebe Chongchua of Live Fit Magazine talks with the center and a subtenant about its conservation efforts. See the video story.
Editor’s Note: This segment made possible by SDG&E and The Port of San Diego’s Green Business Network. The Green Business Network is an integrated energy efficiency and sustainability effort spearheaded by the Port of San Diego and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). Members of the Network–which include Port tenant restaurants, marinas, hotels and attractions–strive to reduce their environmental impact by taking advantage of free technical assistance, attending monthly training on green business tactics, and sharing best practices with fellow businesses.
Phoebe Chongchua: A morning ride across the San Diego Bay is how many people start their day at the Coronado Ferry Landing. The center is a tourist destination that houses unique and eclectic shops and restaurants. For the locals, services offered here are helping them conserve fuel and preserve the environment.
Denise Schwab, Property Manager, Coronado Ferry Landing: One thing that the Coronado Ferry Landing offers is a commuter ferry each morning, Monday through Friday. It runs from about 5 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and commuters can park here for free and then ride the commuter ferry over. The captain will give them a voucher to ride back. And this in turn helps the environment overall in helping our [carbon] footprint because it gets vehicles off the road every day.
Phoebe Chongchua: But it reaches even beyond that. In a time when “green” is the new protocol for businesses, The Coronado Ferry Landing, as a tenant of The Port of San Diego, is striving to do its part. That’s why it joined the Ports Green Business Network.
Denise Schwab: With a center this old we’re just trying to make upgrades and updates as budget allows in this economy.
Phoebe Chongchua: The Coronado Ferry Landing was built in the late eighties. Today, many “green” alternatives have been integrated. Solar lighting on the public dock helps conserve energy, the bathrooms have been renovated and include low-flush toilets and lead-free self-metering faucets. There is LED lighting on their poles. Recycle bins divert usable material from our landfills. And the irrigation system uses a moisture detector to make sure it’s not watering when it’s raining.
Phoebe Chongchua STUP: Photocell sensors like this one light up the Coronado Ferry Landing as it starts to get dark, saving a lot of manual effort and energy.
And the savings are adding up….especially thanks to their recycling program. The savings are increasing from 2010…
Denise Schwab: From 2010, we were able to save up to $4,000 and then in 2011, $7,000. And with electrical and water, just under $1,000…which is all savings that go back to the subtenant.
Phoebe Chongchua: Subtenants like Peohe’s Restaurant.
Dave Bland, Executive Chef, Peohe’s: We actually change our menu to ensure that we’re serving sustainable fish.
And Executive Chef Dave Bland, strives to use local produce and fish that are not only good for consumers but also the planet.
Dave Bland, Executive Chef, Peohe’s: It helps the environment because trucks aren’t using gasoline to get here. The amount of money that it takes for fuel, to actually bring something here, to store something in refrigeration and all that… it’s just wasteful.
Denise Schwab: Overall I think the Green Business Network had a positive influence on the center because we’ve been able to see savings in electrical, and water line items.
Phoebe Chongchua: And more “green” modifications are planned for the Coronado Ferry Landing.
Denise Schwab: For 2013, with the assistance of SDG&E, we’re looking to install the motion meters for the light fixtures in our public restrooms.
Phoebe Chongchua: SDG&E offers many services to financially help small business customers become more energy efficient–like free energy analysis, rebates on energy efficient equipment, 0% financing, and no cost equipment upgrades for qualifying customers. To learn more visit the GreenPortNetwork.org.
I’m Phoebe Chongchua for Live Fit Magazine.