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10 years making everything green on SD coast

SUn Harbor Marina was an early success in SDG&E's coastal sustainable communities projects plan.
SUn Harbor Marina was an early success in SDG&E's coastal sustainable communities projects plan.Adam Benjamin

SDG&E piled up coastal LEED successes during the green building windfall in San Diego. The May 2005 opening of Sun Harbor Marina on America's Cup Harbor in Pt. Loma put the clock forward in the company's work building sustainable communities that will leave open opportunities for local builders to follow their work achievements.

Green community building is "absolutely the future of building," the former marina manager said near a decade ago. Projects SDG&E, a CleanTech San Diego member, helped developers piece together during the time since stuck to the original plan. Creating an opportunity for San Diego developers to achieve their main development goals, like a beautiful place to visit San Diego Bay, and save the local natural resources for future generations.

Sun Harbor Marina was the first LEED certified marina in the world. Bamboo flooring and a tankless water heater, put in the three building complex visitors see the bay clear through low heat windows, began a costal development revolution.

The water wise plants watered y automatic drip irrigation replaced the palmy and grassy grooves that filled open space in the local landsscape.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) modernized the coastal building projects on order. Coastal scenes changed dramatically during the 2010s.

Students admitted to UCSD have experienced living under a green roof covered with plants that do not dry out. The new LEED apartment building cut down apartment dependence on SDG&E grid energy. Its photovoltaic power generation on site lowered concerns San Diegans will not have enough energy in the future.

Boats that sail into the San Diego marina on Harbor Drive on the east side of the bay roll into the docks line a new LEED Port Pavillion stands. The Harbor Drive complex's solar power generation lengthens marina power supply. Up the coast, on La Jolla Shores Drive, new water wise landscape plants grow around Scripps Institute of OCeanography's new labs and monitoring center kept in operation with UCSD. Inside water efficient fixtures and systems prove a liberal use of water can stay behind SAn Diego developers.

And, the view out over the Pacific OCean could not be more perfect.

SDG&E's work is done. Time for San Diego developers to try building their own sustainable communities.

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