About the Sustainability Program


Our vision is for Balboa Park to be an exemplar of sustainability.


Our mission is to support the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership's member organizations in advancing Balboa Park toward a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable future.

Established in 2008, the award-winning Balboa Park Sustainability Program is a collaborative effort among 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 Cultural Partnership's member organizations, Balboa Park stakeholders, and sustainability experts. Together, we are building a lasting legacy to establish Balboa Park as an exemplary model of sustainability and energy efficiency for museums and parks.

Through collaboration and ongoing communication, the Sustainability Program has developed a shared vision for “greening” Balboa Park. It continues to advance solutions that will help protect resources and strengthen economic viability, while enhancing visitor experience and enjoyment of Balboa Park, a California Cultural District and a National Historic Landmark. The Balboa Park Sustainability Program is dedicated to the demonstration, measurement, and promotion of sustainability best practices within the Cultural Partnership’s 26 member organizations in Balboa Park.

These efforts are made possible thanks to our generous supporters. Learn more about our supporters, like our founding sponsor, SDG&E.

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fact sheets

We're proud to offer our member organizations the following sustainability services. Click below to explore fact sheets and to learn more!

Our Core Initiatives

Develop Balboa Park’s capacity for conservation and sustainability by increasing the education and awareness of staff and visitors. Learn more about how the Sustainability Program demonstrates sustainability through:

  • Informal Education: Educated over 3,000 participants through Balboa Park workshops and presentations.
  • Formal Education: Educated over 5,000 participants through the Balboa Park professional development, workshops, and the Green Impact Guide.
  • Sustainable Experiences: Educated over 600 participants through Sustainability Walk-Abouts.

Read more about Sustainability Literacy.

The core initiatives of the Balboa Park Sustainability Program are Sustainability Literacy, Sustainability in Practice and Sustainability Leadership.