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 …

HVAC Efficiency at the Museum of Photographic Arts

Kelsey Ceccarelli Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

2018 Balboa Park Sustainability Award Finalist Balboa Park is a City of San Diego run park, meaning that the arts, culture, and science organizations are lessees. As tenants, some improvements are taken care of by the City, and some, the organization is responsible for. Since sustainability projects most often involve making changes to either operations or the building envelope, the City …

San Diego Zoo: A Zero Waste Bike to Work Day

Kelsey Ceccarelli Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

2018 Balboa Park Sustainability Award Applicant In our holistic approach to sustainability, we encompass the following six categories: energy efficiency, alternative transportation, waste diversion, water savings, green purchasing, and sustainability education. Alternative transportation is one element of sustainability that requires creative thinking in order to set and meet goals. Energy efficiency projects and water saving measures are more clear-cut and …

Sustainable Event Pilot: Merging Ballet and Sustainability

Kelsey Ceccarelli Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

2018 Balboa Park Sustainability Award Winner Of the 29 organizations that are members of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, some have large budgets and many staff members while others have less resources and less than 10 staff members. One of the smaller organizations is the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet (SDCYB). Despite their size, they continue to think of creative …

Balboa Park Hazardous Waste Disposal Event

Rubi Baricuatro Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

On Friday, July 13, 2018, our program hosted an E-waste/Battery/Bulb drop-off event for Balboa Park member organizations. Through our monthly meetings with facility staff in the Park we were informed of their challenge as non-profits to find the funds to dispose of hazardous waste. For this reason, our program coordinated a park-wide drop-off targeted on fluorescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) …

Green Business Practices: Fleet Science Center E-Waste Program

Rubi Baricuatro Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

The Fleet Science Center not only strives to be a leader in presenting and adopting innovative science and technology, but they also take the responsibility of properly disposing of hazardous e-waste. Started as an internal measure to properly dispose of hazardous electronic waste, the program quickly expanded to service Balboa Park’s arts and culture organizations. So far this year, 3,060 …

San Diego Museum of Man: Every Action Matters

Kelsey Ceccarelli Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

2018 Balboa Park Sustainability Award Finalist As a 2018 Balboa Park Sustainability Award finalist we’ve added the following information on the growth of the San Diego Museum of Man’s holistic Every Action Matters efforts, which were initiated by the Energy Audit Team in the original blog post. The Museum of Man’s Energy Audit Team has quickly grown into a program …

Balboa Park Pledges to go Strawless in April!

Kelsey Ceccarelli Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

With the arrival of the month of April comes nicer San Diego weather and, of course, Earth Month. April is always full of sustainability initiatives to celebrate Earth Month and Balboa Park is no exception. This year, to celebrate and to avoid single-use plastic straws, staff members of 14 Balboa Park organizations have signed a pledge to go strawless for …

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet: Recycling, Reusing & Redesigning Costumes

Rubi Baricuatro Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet has been the resident classic ballet school in Balboa Park for over 70 years, providing high-quality, affordable, year-round training in the Casa del Prado studios for students ages 4 to adult. In addition, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet is able to provide a special arts and culture opportunity to over 600 students in San Diego public schools through their …