Achieving a healthier future takes the commitment of an entire community, which is why today, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) honored eight local area businesses who are leading the way in implementing innovative solutions to reduce their energy use. The annual Energy Champion Awards recognizes forward-thinking businesses that have made significant achievements in energy efficiency, sustainability and conservation, as they partner with SDG&E to support the region's efforts to build healthier communities.
"Today is about recognizing the businesses that work hard each and every day to reduce their energy use and create a better and more sustainable future for our region," said Caroline Winn, chief operating officer for SDG&E. "The businesses being recognized have shown real results – they are proof that embracing innovative solutions leads to more efficient use of energy, and we're proud to have played a role in helping them achieve success."
The signature Energy Showcase award, the 2017 Grand Energy Champion, was presented to Sharp HealthCare for its continuous commitment to implementing energy efficiency measures that not only result in monetary savings for the business but also help protect the planet. Sharp HealthCare was the first non-profit healthcare leader in San Diego to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure at three of its locations, saving its employees and patients approximately 3,700 gallons of fuel in 2016 – the equivalent of about 20,000 pounds of carbon emissions.
“SDG&E has been a critical partner in reducing our energy usage," said Donna Serpico-Thompson, vice president of business development at Sharp HealthCare. "Every dollar saved is used to benefit the communities that we serve."
In addition, the following local organizations were recognized for their outstanding energy efficiency efforts during today's awards ceremony: