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

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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 … Read More

Casa de Balboa Goes Solar

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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 … Read More

Balboa Park Conservancy: Preserving Balboa Park’s Urban Forest

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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. … Read More

Friends of Balboa Park: Sustaining Balboa Park for the Future

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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 … Read More

Japanese Friendship Garden: Sustainable Practices at December Nights

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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 … Read More

November OPOT Get-Together Recap

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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 … Read More

2018 Balboa Park Sustainability Forum Recap

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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 … Read More

HVAC Efficiency at the Museum of Photographic Arts

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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 … Read More

San Diego Zoo: A Zero Waste Bike to Work Day

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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 … Read More

Sustainable Event Pilot: Merging Ballet and Sustainability

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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 … Read More