The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation recently accepted the California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for their demonstration projects and waste diversion programs, which have kept more than 16,000 tons of organic waste out of regional landfills. The award was presented at an award ceremony held at the California Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Sacramento.

Solana Center Executive Director Jessica Toth, who accepted the award on behalf of the organization, said, “We are pioneering strategic innovations to create replicable programs so that food scrap remains within the community that generated it.” Since 1989, the Solana Center has been a catalyst for environmental action throughout San Diego County. To learn more about their programs and accomplishments visit