Balboa Park Sustainability Program

Balboa Park Sustainability Program Through collaboration and ongoing communication, the Sustainability Program has developed a shared vision for “greening” Balboa Park. The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership’s Sustainability Program's purpose is to educate, measure, promote, and implement sustainability best practices in Balboa Park.

Balboa Park is fast becoming a cornerstone for other cities to watch. It continues to advance solutions that will help protect Park resources and strengthen economic viability, while enhancing visitor experience and enjoyment.

Balboa Park is fast becoming a cornerstone for other cities to watch. It continues to advance solutions that will help protect Park resources and strengthen economic viability, while enhancing visitor experience and enjoyment.

Mission: Established in 2008, the award-winning Sustainability Program is a collaborative effort between the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, the City of San Diego, and San Diego Gas & Electric® (SDG&E). This collaboration is supported by an alliance of the Partnership’s members, Balboa Park stakeholders, and sustainability experts. Together, we aim to establish Balboa Park as an exemplary model of sustainability and energy efficiency.

Check out this opportunity from San Diego Green Building Council! Applicants will have the chance to showcase how their ...
06/04/2019

Check out this opportunity from San Diego Green Building Council! Applicants will have the chance to showcase how their organization is making a positive impact on current environmental issues.

Call for Proposals are open! 🗣 Learn more about this year's conference and how you can get involved: https://www.sd-gbc.org/sdgbce19

#TheFutureIsNow #SDGBCE19

Two years ago today, the Federal Government announced its intention to leave the Paris Agreement. As a result, the #WeAr...
06/01/2019

Two years ago today, the Federal Government announced its intention to leave the Paris Agreement. As a result, the #WeAreStillIn campaign was launched!

Since then, several Balboa Park organizations have signed, including: the Fleet Science Center , the San Diego Museum of Man , and the Balboa Park Sustainability Program.

#TipTuesday - Interested in decreasing how much waste your office throws away? Complete a waste audit to see what items ...
05/28/2019

#TipTuesday - Interested in decreasing how much waste your office throws away? Complete a waste audit to see what items you are throwing away, and then create new goals for waste diversion!

Many Balboa Park organizations, like The Old Globe, have completed a waste audit.

05/24/2019

Don't forget, our page will be merging with the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership soon, be sure to follow them to continue learning about sustainability in Balboa Park!

We are a program of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, which serves as the collaborative body and collective voice for 26 arts, science, and cultural organizations in Balboa Park.

Check out our new blog about energy efficient lighting at the Fleet Science Center! By using these new bulbs, they will ...
05/21/2019
Reducing Energy Costs with Efficient Lighting at the Fleet Science Center - Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

Check out our new blog about energy efficient lighting at the Fleet Science Center! By using these new bulbs, they will significantly reduce their energy costs.

https://bpcp.org/2019/05/13/reducing-energy-costs-with-efficient-lighting-at-the-fleet-science-center/

As part of the Fleet Science Center’s ongoing efforts to reduce their building’s energy usage, the organization is replacing existing light bulbs throughout the building with 1,100 energy efficient LEDs. By using these new bulbs, they expect to save $16,365 through reduced energy costs. The Flee...

Thank you to Assemblymember Todd Gloria for joining us today on a tour of the San Diego Natural History Museum  for Tour...
05/17/2019

Thank you to Assemblymember Todd Gloria for joining us today on a tour of the San Diego Natural History Museum for Tours with Todd!

During this walk-about, we had an informative behind-the-scenes look at the Museum's impressive sustainability efforts.

The San Diego Zoo hosted a sustainable pit stop for the 29th Annual Bike to Work Day with the help of some scaly friends...
05/16/2019

The San Diego Zoo hosted a sustainable pit stop for the 29th Annual Bike to Work Day with the help of some scaly friends!

This pit stop included a special bin for composting food waste, and had aluminum water bottles, which are easier to recycle!

We had a great time partnering with One Park - One Team for their April get-together! In celebration of Earth Month, we ...
05/14/2019
April OPOT Get-Together Recap - Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

We had a great time partnering with One Park - One Team for their April get-together! In celebration of Earth Month, we hosted recycling challenges and sustainability trivia for over 140 Balboa Park employees and volunteers.

You can see more pictures from the event at the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership website:

https://bpcp.org/2019/04/29/april-opot-get-together-recap/

The April OPOT Get-Together featured complimentary coffee and pastries for a “happy morning,” in the heart of Spanish Village Art Center. In celebration of Earth Month, the Balboa Park Sustainability Program joined One Park – One Team to share sustainable tips and play games to win Earth-frien...

Did you catch the WorldBeat Cultural Center on Nature | PBS? This episode of American Spring: Live featured their partne...
05/07/2019

Did you catch the WorldBeat Cultural Center on Nature | PBS? This episode of American Spring: Live featured their partnership with Celebrate Urban Birds, a program which educates diverse groups of local youth about how they can be citizen scientists by studying urban nature in Balboa Park.

Watch the episode at the link below!

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/american-spring-live-episode-2-migrations/17643/

Tune in TONIGHT on Facebook on Nature | PBS for a live broadcast of American Spring Live at 5PM PST | 8PM EST. WorldBeat Center's Community Science garden will be showcased along with a Celebrate Urban Birds event. If you watch TV look up your local PBS station and look for tonight's PBS Nature programming featuring 'American Spring Live'.

05/03/2019
Bea Evenson Anemometer

The Bea Evenson Fountain uses an anemometer, a device used to measure wind speed, to help reduce the amount of water it uses!

As the wind blows stronger, the height of the fountain becomes shorter, preventing water from being blown away and wasted.

What other innovative sustainability devices have you seen recently?

Stop by our booth at today's #ArborDay celebration put on by Friends of Balboa Park and City of San Diego! We have games...
04/26/2019

Stop by our booth at today's #ArborDay celebration put on by Friends of Balboa Park
and City of San Diego! We have games to help you learn about #recycling and #sustainability

Happy Earth Day! 🌎 Take the time today to celebrate our wonderful planet and to consider what you can do to help protect...
04/22/2019

Happy Earth Day! 🌎 Take the time today to celebrate our wonderful planet and to consider what you can do to help protect it.

Be sure to join us at these Earth Day celebrations this weekend in Balboa Park:

Arbor Day celebrations with the Friends of Balboa Park, Friday April 26th (https://friendsofbalboapark.org/arbor-day/)

SustainABLE Festival at the Fleet Science Center , Saturday, April 27th (https://www.rhfleet.org/events/sustainable-festival)

EarthFair 2019 presented by MESO Healthy in Balboa Park, Sunday April 28th

We'll be at each of these events, so be sure to come and say hello!

Interested in learning about environmentally-friendly, efficient buildings in Balboa Park?Read our new blog, all about h...
04/19/2019
Exploring Energy Efficiency for Balboa Park’s 2019 LEED Efforts - Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

Interested in learning about environmentally-friendly, efficient buildings in Balboa Park?

Read our new blog, all about how organizations in the Park are exploring energy efficiency to reduce their building's carbon footprint and achieve U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) #LEED recertification!

A special thanks to San Diego Green Building Council, City of San Diego, and SDG&E for their support of these projects.

https://bpcp.org/2019/04/19/exploring-energy-efficiency-for-balboa-parks-2019-leed-efforts/

We are excited to partner again with the San Diego Green Building Council to relaunch the Green Assistance Program (GAP) in Balboa Park. Through this program, green building professionals from the San Diego community will volunteer to help nine non-profit organizations in Balboa Park achieve LEED re...

Join our partner, San Diego Green Building Council, at their upcoming energy benchmarking event! This is a great opportu...
04/16/2019

Join our partner, San Diego Green Building Council, at their upcoming energy benchmarking event! This is a great opportunity to learn more about managing your building's #energy usage.

City of San Diego, SDG&E, & Center for Sustainable Energy

⌛ ONE WEEK AWAY! ⌛ Now open to our #greenbuilding community - join us for this engaging Benchmarking Jam! To register, contact [email protected]

#energybenchmarking #energysavings #free #education

Have you seen our 2018 Annual Report yet? It's now available online! Visit the link below to see our highlights from 201...
04/09/2019
Sustainability Annual Reports - Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

Have you seen our 2018 Annual Report yet? It's now available online! Visit the link below to see our highlights from 2018, and learn more about our program's first 10 years since its founding in 2008. This digital edition features clickable links to additional content and video!

https://bpcp.org/sustainability/annual-report/

Sustainability Annual ReportsSustainability ProgramHome About LEED® Certifications Awards & Recognition Program Supporters Sustainability Program News Meetings & Events The Balboa Park Sustainability Program leverages the full range of strengths found in our diverse array of partners to achieve our...

Our new blog highlights the solar panels recently installed on the roof of Casa de Balboa! Click the link below to learn...
04/02/2019
Casa de Balboa Goes Solar - Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

Our new blog highlights the solar panels recently installed on the roof of Casa de Balboa! Click the link below to learn more about how the Museum of Photographic Arts and the San Diego History Center worked to get these panels installed on their historic building in Balboa Park.

https://bpcp.org/2019/03/26/casa-de-balboa-goes-solar/

A new solar project has been activated at Casa de Balboa as a joint effort between the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) and the San Diego History Center. This new system of 480 panels is capable of producing 370 watts of power, offsetting the building’s annual energy usage by 23% on average. Wit...

We are looking for volunteers for the upcoming Cherry Blossom Week to help the Japanese Friendship Garden reduce their e...
03/01/2019
Cherry Blossom Festival 2019

We are looking for volunteers for the upcoming Cherry Blossom Week to help the Japanese Friendship Garden reduce their event waste and increase recycling rates!

"Green Team" volunteers will help visitors properly sort their waste and record data about the waste created from the event.

Sign up at the link below! Look for spots labeled "Green Team" (scroll down and click "Show more spots" for evening shifts)
https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2634303/false#/invitation"

SignUp.com makes it easy to coordinate school events & classroom activities, fundraisers, snack schedules, potlucks & more!

Check out our new blog post! This month, we feature the Balboa Park Conservancy's efforts to preserve Balboa Park's urba...
02/26/2019
Balboa Park Conservancy: Preserving Balboa Park’s Urban Forest - Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

Check out our new blog post! This month, we feature the Balboa Park Conservancy's efforts to preserve Balboa Park's urban forest.

https://bpcp.org/2019/02/26/balboa-park-conservancy-preserving-balboa-parks-urban-forest/

The Balboa Park Conservancy is continuing to offer an outstanding example of environmental protection through their new Tree Stewards volunteer program. Through this initiative, the Conservancy trains volunteers on how to take care of Balboa Park’s vibrant, urban forest. Volunteers will learn impo...

Participating in #MuseumMonth at Balboa Park? Be sure to visit the Sustainability Program’s website to learn how our mem...
02/08/2019
Sustainability Program - Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

Participating in #MuseumMonth at Balboa Park? Be sure to visit the Sustainability Program’s website to learn how our members are working to be more sustainable museums!

https://bpcp.org/sustainability/

Sustainability ProgramHome About LEED® Certifications Awards & Recognition Program Supporters Sustainability Program News Meetings & Events 10 LEED® Certified BuildingsWith many dedicated partners, Balboa Park cultural organizations achieved ten (10) LEED certified buildings in historic Balboa Par...

Many Balboa Park organizations have taken advantage of SDG&E’s Business Energy Solutions program that provides energy-ef...
01/29/2019
Business Energy Solutions Program | San Diego Gas & Electric

Many Balboa Park organizations have taken advantage of SDG&E’s Business Energy Solutions program that provides energy-efficient upgrades for businesses at no cost or a discount. Find out if your business qualifies at sdge.com/BES or call the Energy Savings Center at 1(800)644-6133. #espsdge #sustainability

Business Energy Solutions Program:  a seamless, one-stop shop experience Patty Ungar DVM, CVA/Owner Kensington Veterinary Hospital needed a new HVAC System which would usually cause a big strain on profits. Little did she know that 25% of the cost was defrayed by SDG&E incentives and the remaining ...

There are just 2 weeks left until the deadline to apply for The American Alliance of Museums Sustainability Excellence A...
01/18/2019
AAM Environment and Climate Network

There are just 2 weeks left until the deadline to apply for The American Alliance of Museums Sustainability Excellence Award!
Past Balboa Park winners include, our program, San Diego Zoo, and San Diego Natural History Museum.
2019 could be the year of earning recognition for your organization's sustainability efforts!

The Sustainability Excellence Awards (SEA) is now open for submissions. Have an amazing sustainability story to share from a recent green project? Share your story with us!

https://www.aam-us.org/programs/awards-competitions/the-sustainability-excellence-award-sea/

Don't miss our latest blog post about BPCP member organization, Friends of Balboa Park, and all the conservation work th...
01/15/2019
Friends of Balboa Park: Sustaining Balboa Park for the Future - Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

Don't miss our latest blog post about BPCP member organization, Friends of Balboa Park, and all the conservation work they do to make sure Balboa Park is here for generations to come!

#sustainability #blogpost #conservation #BalboaPark

Friends of Balboa Park, one of 29 member organizations of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, is an organization that aims “to preserve Balboa Park’s legacy for future generations through park-wide projects.” Sustainability is a multifaceted field, but the Merriam Webster’s definition is ....

The New Year is officially here and with it comes resolutions, why not think about going #green?! Find ideas on how to m...
01/04/2019
Winter Savings, Safety and Solutions | San Diego Gas & Electric

The New Year is officially here and with it comes resolutions, why not think about going #green?!
Find ideas on how to make your home and business more energy efficient during the winter months at:

https://www.sdge.com/winter-savings-safety-and-solutions

#espsdge #sustainability

Residential & Business Winter Savings, Safety & Solutions Guide Each season presents new opportunities to save. Along with the cooler weather coming in, you’ll be able to enjoy the lower winter season pricing that's in effect from November 1st through May 31st. While the lower pricing may result i...

Looking for a green New Year's resolution? Using the City of San Diego's Get it Done app is a great way to beautify the ...
01/01/2019
Get It Done | City of San Diego Official Website

Looking for a green New Year's resolution? Using the City of San Diego's Get it Done app is a great way to beautify the community and bring attention to sustainability issues like recycling streams or water pipe leaks.
Download it at the link below and give it a try, maybe even here in Balboa Park!

https://www.sandiego.gov/get-it-done

Due to planned maintenance, some Get It Done report types will be unavailable Friday, November 2, 2018 at 5 p.m. until Monday, November 5, 2018 at 8 a.m.

During this holiday season where online shopping is definitely a convenient choice, instead head to Balboa Park and do y...
12/18/2018
Earth911

During this holiday season where online shopping is definitely a convenient choice, instead head to Balboa Park and do your shopping at places like Spanish Village Art Center - Balboa Park, San Diego History Center, and many more wonderful organizations!

If Amazon is your preferred method, check out this article by Earth911 to see how easy it is to request less packaging in your online orders!

Did you know you can request a more #eco-friendly package for your #Amazon deliveries? http://ow.ly/4mcc50jR2Ne

Address

1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA
92101

General information

The Sustainability Program's three core initiatives are Sustainability Literacy, Sustainability in Practice, and Sustainability Leadership. Sustainability Literacy: Develop Balboa Park’s capacity for conservation and sustainability by increasing the education and awareness of staff and visitors. Sustainability in Practice: Increase economic and environmental sustainability of BPCP member organizations and Balboa Park Sustainability Leadership: Strengthen the visibility, voice, and leadership of sustainability in Balboa Park

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(619) 232-7502

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