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The Port of San Diego’s Green Business Network connects businesses and tenants to help them learn cost-saving strategies to conserve energy and preserve the environment. Live Fit Magazine toured Marine Group Boat Works to see how one family-owned business is making a large environmental impact. As San Diego’s largest yacht repair facility, the company needed to find ways to reduce its carbon footprint. The creative solutions came from an SDG&E energy audit. Phoebe Chongchua has the story about how Marine Group BW is saving money, conserving energy and preserving the environment. 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 all striving 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.
Visit http://GreenPortNetwork.org

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The Port of San Diego’s Green Business Network connects businesses and tenants to help them learn cost-saving strategies to conserve energy and preserve the environment. Live Fit Magazine toured Marine Group Boat Works to see how one family-owned business is making a large environmental impact. As San Diego’s largest yacht repair facility, the company needed to find ways to reduce its carbon footprint. The creative solutions came from an SDG&E energy audit. Phoebe Chongchua has the story about how Marine Group BW is saving money, conserving energy and preserving the environment.

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 all striving 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.

Visit http://GreenPortNetwork.org

Editor’s Note: This segment made possible by The Port of San Diego’s Green Business Network and San Diego Gas & Electric.

Phoebe Chongchua: It’s one of the most impressive pieces of equipment at the 25-year old company, Marine Group Boat Works.

Todd Roberts, Vice President, Marine Group Boat Works: Our marine travel lift is one of the largest in the world. It’s 665 tons. We can lift a vessel about 200 feet long and as a result we attract some of the largest private yachts in the world from all over the world. They come to San Diego for their refits and repairs.

PC: The family-owned business sits on one-million square feet of land and water in Chula Vista and is San Diego’s largest yacht repair facility working on government vessels, commercial vessels, tugboats, barges, fishing boats, and large private yachts.

Todd: We’re standing underneath the Californian which is the official tall ship of the state of California. It’s operated by the Maritime Museum here in San Diego. We handle all of the Maritime Musuem’s repairs as part of our outreach   to the community in making sure that Maritime history is preserved on the waterfront.

PC: As a tenant of the Port of San Diego and a member of the Port’s Green Business Network, Marine Group Boat Works is constantly striving to conserve and preserve.

Todd: Being part of the Green Business Network has raised an awareness with our key team players here,understanding that this is a constant battle that we need to take on and make sure that our operations are both environmentally sensitive and responsible.

PC: Through the Green Business Network, Marine Group Boat Works made several positive enhancements at their repair facility that has saved them tens of thousands of dollars.

Todd: And our first big step was to bring SDG&E in to do an energy audit. As you can imagine at a facility like this, we consume a tremendous amount of electricity and cost and carbon footprint is a big issue for us and our customers. So by bringing SDG&E in we were able to go through all of the facets of our business and determine where we could make changes and how we could effect those changes to result in reduced power consumption and it’s been a very successful program for us. In year one we had savings of about 22 to 25 percent and then we were able to increase that to a savings of an additional 7 percent in year two.

Phoebe Chongchua: Storm drains like this collect any runoff and send it to a 60,000 gallon storm-water tank…it’s then sent to a lab to be tested for pollutants…and then, once approved, it’s discharged to the city for further treatment.

Todd: San Diego Bay is a precious resource for all of us as people who use the bay and it’s our job as custodians who use the bay to ensure that nothing we do goes back into the bay. So the Marine Group Boat Works is proud to be a zero-discharge facility. We use plastic to shrink wrap and contain all of our sandblasting and painting activities.

PC: The company is also changing  its lighting to LED lights. They’re using a higher voltage and more efficient storm-water pump and filter.

Todd: Our biggest saver in electricity was we were able to change our big air compressors down to variable speed motors on the air compressor. So when the compressor doesn’t need to produce, it slows itself down and goes into a standby mode and then when the demand comes it turns itself back on versus running all the time.  The Green Business Network was not only a great level of awareness for the company but it also saved money. It absolutely saved money. I’d encourage you if you want to see results, bottom-line oriented results, this is a great way to do it.

PC: I’m Phoebe Chongchua for Live Fit Magazine.

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