Port of San Diego’s New Sustainable Incentives Best Practices Assessment

The Center for Sustainable Energy has prepared a Sustainable Incentives Best Practices Assessment for the Port of San Diego, released April 2016. This is a great resource for local governments considering green leases and landlord-tenant energy efficiency solutions. The full Port Best Practices report is available here and the introduction of the report is shared below:


The San Diego Unified Port District (District) established greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals in its Climate Action Plan (CAP) adopted in 2013. Within the CAP, the District identified goals for carbon reduction measures from transportation and land use planning, energy conservation and efficiency, water conservation and recycling, alternative energy generation, and waste reduction and recycling.

Existing buildings represent the largest opportunity for GHG reductions and tenants account for approximately 96% of GHG emissions emitted on District tidelands. Thus, active tenant involvement in sustainable building improvements is critical for the District to meet its CAP goals. Benchmarking and regular assessments of existing buildings, along with providing incentives, are among the key methods to encourage tenant adoption of energy-related improvements that exceed basic requirements.

This report offers best practices for incentive approaches based on programs offered by various local governments and jurisdictions nationwide in which grants and incentives are structured to motivate resource efficiency and investments in sustainable buildings. These incentive models provide the District background for creating incentive approaches that encourage tenants to invest in sustainable upgrades to meet District CAP goals and to find opportunities to leverage additional ratepayer, government, and grant funding opportunities. Auspiciously, the District’s five member cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach and Coronado have demonstrated ambitious climate leadership and are on the path toward compliance with local and state GHG reduction goals.

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