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On January 21st, the San Diego Zoo held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the successful installation of a new onsite battery storage system. This 1 megawatt (MW)/4 megawatt-hour (MWh) Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) is located on Zoo property and will be essential in offsetting energy during the day when electricity is in highest demand. As mentioned by San Diego … Read More

January OPOT Get-Together: Winter Paradice!

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Lace up your skates and try out the Fleet Science Center’s new ice skating rink at the January OPOT Get-Together! Guests can try out the synthetic ice-skating rink with fellow Park teammates and learn about the science behind this cool phenomenon. Join OPOT on Thursday, January 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Fleet Science Center. Guests can also get cozy and enjoy … Read More

Upgrading with LEDs at the Centro Cultural de la Raza

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LED bulbs can make a big difference in any building. From lower energy costs to higher quality lighting, there are many reasons to make the switch to LEDs. Our Sustainability Program works with multiple member organizations in Balboa Park, like the Centro Cultural de la Raza, to offer energy saving resources like SDG&E’s Business Energy Solutions program. When the staff … Read More

Meet Jason Mizerek!

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Jason Mizerek is Manager of Educator Programs at the Fleet Science Center. In his role Jason oversees and facilitates professional development, resources and workshops for TK-12 teachers, informal educators, after-school providers and the higher education community. How did you become Manager of Educator Programs at the Fleet Science Center? I’ve been in informal education for over a decade, mostly on … Read More

Sustainability Tips for Non-Profits: Lessons Learned from Balboa Park in 2019

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Non-profits have an important role to play in reducing global emissions, but it can be difficult to reduce your environmental impact if you have limited resources. Based on efforts in Balboa Park from the past year, below are some tips for non-profits and businesses with limited budgets that are looking to use less energy and find new ways to be … Read More


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Caught Green-Handed is a new blog series meant to shine the spotlight on eco-champions throughout Balboa Park. We made it our mission to seek out individuals who practice sustainability in their own lives. These eco-friendly people inspire us and they will inspire you, too! Mary Alice Kessler, also known as “The Bag Lady,” is a volunteer for the Botany Department … Read More

December OPOT Get-Together: Morning Coffee!

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Enjoy a happy morning with One Park – One Team! Join us for the December OPOT Get-Together at Daniel’s Coffee Cart on Wednesday, December 18 from 8:00-10:00 AM for a cup of coffee and pastries on us! Enjoy complimentary pastries and a cup of regular or decaf coffee, or $2.00 off an upgraded specialty drink. Don’t forget to bring your reusable OPOT coffee cup! Attendees can also … Read More

Balboa Park Employee Appreciation Week 2019

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In celebration of Balboa Park Employee Appreciation Week, employees and volunteers can enjoy generous discounts from many of the organizations from December 9 through December 15. This is the perfect opportunity for last minute holiday shopping or to treat yourself! To qualify for these discounts, Park and San Diego Zoo employees must show their photo ID badge or business card/pay … Read More

Meet Elsa Sevilla

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Elsa Sevilla is the San Diego History Center Ambassador and Director of External Affairs. In her role, Elsa promotes the History Center’s exhibitions, educational programming, research archives and the Serra Museum to reach all communities across San Diego County.  How did you become the San Diego History Center Ambassador? I love history so starting the Historic Places docu-series on KPBS … Read More

How Balboa Park Organizations Are Saving Energy with SDG&E’s Business Energy Solutions

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For non-profits, finding ways to reduce energy costs can be difficult. There are many barriers they face, including sizable costs for energy-saving equipment and the steep learning curve of energy management. To overcome these obstacles and identify impactful strategies to reduce energy usage, several organizations in Balboa Park participated in San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) Business Energy Solutions Program. … Read More