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A San Diego auto dealership and a real estate investment firm are among the companies that will receive the state’s highest environmental honor for green innovations in Sacramento Wednesday evening.

BMW of San Diego and Alexandria Real Estate Industries are among 13 winners of the Governor’s Environmental Leadership awards, which were established in 1993 to recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that have demonstrated leadership and made notable contributions to conserving the state’s resources, protecting the environment and strengthening the economy, according to the California Environmental Protection Agency.

“This year’s GEELA recipients are demonstrating exceptional leadership in addressing some of our most significant environmental challenges,” said California Secretary for Environmental Protection Matthew Rodriquez. “Whether it’s fighting climate change, conserving our water supplies or reducing waste, they inspire us with their creative and collaborative approaches. Their success expands our view of what is possible. Collectively, they are proving that a healthy environment is inextricably linked with a vibrant economy.”

BMW of San Diego is the only winner in the automobile dealer zero emission vehicle promotion category. The Kearny Mesa dealership was lauded for promoting the sale of zero-emission vehicles through a variety of partnerships and programs, according to CalEPA.

Alexandria Real Estate is among four other winners in the category of sustainable practices, communities or facilities. The real estate company develops environmentally sustainable urban campuses for the life science and technology sectors in San Diego, Greater Boston, San Francisco, the North Carolina Research Triangle and other locations, according to CalEPA.

Other winners include microprocessor producer AMD, the Orange County Water District, San Francisco International Airport and Chumash Casino Resort.

—City News Service