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The Green Concessions program, designed to help concessionaires adopt sustainable business practices, recently launched at San Diego International (SAN). The program rewards and recognizes airport concessionaires that help reduce water and energy use, minimize waste and educate consumers on what green business is all about.

Sustainable business practices at Green Concessions-certified concessionaires include: using recyclable food packaging, beverage containers and utensils; offering alternatives to single-use water bottles, low-flow fixtures and other water conservative techniques; composting and food procurement practices; and using LED and other types of energy-efficient lighting to reduce electricity usage.

The businesses that are certified as Green Concessions include Brighton Collectibles, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Pannikin Coffee & Tea, PGA Tour Shop, PGA Tour Grill, Saffron Thai, Stellar News Express and Stone Brewing.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to become good stewards of our community and make our airport healthier and environmentally friendlier for the traveling public and those of us who work here as well,” said JoAnn Kirkland, general manager for Paradies Lagardère.

The airport’s Planning and Environmental Affairs and Terminals and Tenants Departments provide support and assistance to concessionaires interested in being certified. The certification is good for a one-year period, with the opportunity for renewal.