The San Diego International Airport launched a new program to reduce water, energy use and waste on Monday.
The Green Concessions program rewards and recognizes airport concessionaires who go green, according to a statement from the airport.
“The Green Concessions program is designed to help our concessionaires adopt sustainable business practices that benefit their individual businesses, the airport as a whole and the environment,” said San Diego International Airport President Kim Becker.
The program certification includes business practices such as recycling food packaging and utensils, water conservation techniques and alternatives to single-use water bottles, food composting and energy efficient lighting.
Businesses are also encouraged to inform customers of the importance to go green, according to the airport.
The shops and restaurants that sign up will receive exclusive marketing and promotional support from the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, according to a statement.
So far eight businesses have been certified under the program, including Einstein Bros. Bagels, Brighton Collectibles, Saffron Thai, Stone Brewing, and PGA TOUR Shop and Grill.
The airport said the Green Concessions certification is good for one year, with opportunity for renewal.
More information is available at www.san.org/shop-green.