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San Diego Business Journal to Honor Solana Center’s Jessica Toth

Solana Center for Environmental Innovations’ Executive Director, Jessica Toth has been named by the San Diego Business Journal as one of its 100 outstanding women business leaders.

Each year, the San Diego Business Journal recognizes women business leaders who are making a difference in their workplaces and communities, as business leaders, mentors and community supporters. The 2017 Business Women of the Year Awards (formerly Women Who Mean Business) program celebrates its 24th year in honoring the exceptional women who have made a difference in San Diego’s business, cultural and civic scene. Nominations are judged on their innovation, entrepreneurship, professional accomplishment and community leadership.

Toth has served as the Executive Director of Solana Center for over four years, where she runs the nonprofit with a business perspective. Toth’s background is business; she started her career on Wall Street during the 1980s. Since then, she has held positions in corporate research, marketing, IT consulting, and business process improvement at various companies, including HP, Texas Instruments, the World Bank, Kyocera, SDG&E, and the San Diego Zoo. She holds a Master's degree from MIT in Business and a Bachelor's degree from Cornell in Engineering. She also completed UCSD Extension's certificate program in Sustainable Business Practices.

Toth will share her philosophy and experience creating innovative and entrepreneurial programs with University of California, San Diego (UCSD) business students this month.

“Define your vision and then work to achieve it. To get there, don’t focus on obstacles; look at the possibilities,” Toth said.

She has been invited to present three lectures at UCSD’s Rady School of Management. 

“My goal is to show young aspiring business people that mission-driven enterprise is an important place to use their talents.”

One of Solana Center’s innovative programs is the recently launched, Community Composting Program. The new composting service for Encinitas residents and small businesses is a local solution for diverting food waste from the landfill. The service allows qualified members to pay a small fee to receive the necessary equipment to stockpile all food scraps - even those difficult to compost such as meat and dairy. Members can bring fermented scraps to Solana Center for processing and recycling into a high-quality compost. For more information about Solana Center's Community Composting Program, contact Lisa Fabula, Zero Waste Coordinator.

In January 2016, Solana Center was one of twelve organizations awarded the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA). The GEELA is awarded annually to individuals, companies and organizations that use sustainable business practices to conserve energy, reduce waste or prevent pollution while contributing to their local economy. Toth accepted the award at a ceremony held at the California Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Sacramento.

The 2017 Business Women of the Year Awards program is slated for Nov. 15 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront and will recognize finalists and winners in one of the biggest awards programs of the year honoring the region’s most successful, dynamic women.

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