Reducing Energy Costs with Efficient Lighting at the Fleet Science Center

Nate Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

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 Fleet Science Center, also known simply as the Fleet, has continued to operate more sustainably …

April OPOT Get-Together Recap

Cassie Kaawaloa Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, One Park - One Team, Sustainability Program

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-friendly prizes! Members of the Sustainability Program and the Balboa Park Green Team played …

Exploring Energy Efficiency for Balboa Park’s 2019 LEED Efforts

Nate Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

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 recertification, while attaining LEED project experience. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, …

Successful Strategies to Improve Recycling at Events: Accomplishments at the Cherry Blossom Festival

Nate Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

After benchmarking the recycling and waste at the Japanese Friendship Garden’s Cherry Blossom Festival in 2018, we were excited to work with their staff to put sustainability efforts into action at this year’s event. We specifically focused on “waste diversion” – the practice of reducing how much trash you send to the landfill by increasing how much you recycle or …

Casa de Balboa Goes Solar

Nate Sustainability Program

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. Within the first year, the solar panels are …

Balboa Park Conservancy: Preserving Balboa Park’s Urban Forest

Nate Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

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 important skills including tree identification, proper planting techniques, irrigation of new and established trees, and general tree maintenance. …

Friends of Balboa Park: Sustaining Balboa Park for the Future

Kelsey Ceccarelli Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, News & Events, Sustainability Program

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 “capable of being sustained.” While our program focuses on environmental sustainability within Balboa Park member buildings and operations, Friends …

Japanese Friendship Garden: Sustainable Practices at December Nights

Kelsey Ceccarelli Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

December Nights has been a San Diego tradition for 41 years. Each year, locals and visitors alike celebrate the holidays by visiting Balboa Park’s museums, sampling international foods, and watching festive performances. Run by the City of San Diego, this year, the event had a visible Sustainability Commitment. Each year SDG&E enhances the main hub of the park – the …

November OPOT Get-Together Recap

Cassie Kaawaloa Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, One Park - One Team, Sustainability Program

For the November OPOT Get-Together, One Park-One Team joined forces with the Balboa Park Sustainability Program on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day! America Recycles Day is a Keep America Beautiful national initiative dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. To honor the holiday and Balboa Park’s green initiatives, One Park-One Team and the Sustainability Program hosted …

2018 Balboa Park Sustainability Forum Recap

Kelsey Ceccarelli Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

The annual Balboa Park Sustainability Program’s event returned on October 17, 2018 for the fifth year, under a new name, the Balboa Park Sustainability Forum. The Sustainability Forum was equal parts educational and celebratory. This event continues to grow and this year, 178 community members attended from 75 different organizations and businesses to hear from sustainability thought leaders and to celebrate the strides …