Sustainability in Practice


Action is the next step after awareness and understanding of sustainability concepts. Increasing economic and environmental sustainability of the Cultural Partnership's member organizations is achieved through organizational efficiencies and sustainable operations such as energy management, water efficiency, waste diversion, green building principles, green house gas mitigation, and certifications.

Organizational Efficiencies

Audits and Project Identification:  Since 2008, Balboa Park institutions have completed over 230 energy and sustainability projects including facility retrofits and upgrades. The Sustainability Program’s effectiveness is monitored through energy audits, LEED certification and EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. These benchmarking systems help to inform our Sustainability and Energy Management Action Plan and allows institutions to see the impact of their energy efficiency projects.

Excess Capacity Program: To address the issue of waste, the Balboa Park Sustainability Program created the Excess Capacity Program. Organizations with excess resources contact the Sustainability Program to distribute the unwanted resources to neighboring organizations who can put the resources to good use. To date we have diverted over 7,800 items from the local landfills by keeping them within Balboa Park for reuse.

Electronic Waste Program: The Fleet Science Center created an electronic waste program and extended participation to all BPCP member organizations to expand park-wide efforts of diverting hazardous waste from entering the landfill. The Fleet won the 2014 Balboa Park Sustainability Award for the creation of this program. To learn more about the program, read our blog post. E-waste drop-off is free to employees and volunteers of all BPCP member organizations. We have partnered with EnviroGreen Electronic Recycling Services and accept the electronic items listed here. *Please note that we not accept items with an added charge such as single-use alkaline batteries or fluorescent bulbs*. If an item is not listed you can call EnviroGreen to check if they accept it and whether there is a cost associated with the item(s).

Follow these easy steps to safely dispose of your electronic waste!

  1. Check this list to see if your e-waste item(s) are approved for drop-off (*Items with an added cost are not accepted).
  2. Email sustainability@bpcp.org to schedule a drop off.
  3. Celebrate your efforts of diverting landfill waste!

To find out more information about different kinds of light bulb disposal, read this handout from EnviroGreen Electronic Recycling Services.

Sustainability and Energy Management Action Plan: The Partnership participated in the inaugural Sustainability Circle facilitated by REV (formerly True Market Solutions). Through this program, the Partnership created a customized Sustainability Action Plan that defined goals for the next 3 years, such as decreasing our carbon footprint and reducing our demand for natural resources including energy, water and waste.

Sustainable Operations

LEED Certification Goal: Together with the City of San Diego, San Diego Gas & Electric, San Diego Green Building Council and the Cultural Partnership’s member organizations,  the Sustainability Program has achieved a total of 10 LEED certified buildings in historic Balboa Park! This accomplishment helps to communicate the amazing work already taking place in Balboa Park and sets forth a path of innovative best practices for the future.

Energy Efficiency Program: Energy efficiency is one the main objectives of the Sustainability Program. The Partnership has been instrumental in spreading energy efficiency education to our 30 member organizations. Our partnership with SDG&E has allowed Balboa Park organizations to implement over 230 energy efficiency projects, saving 9,391,999 kWh, 121,570 therms and over $1.9 million in energy costs.

Additional Operations: In addition to energy efficiency, the Sustainability Program aids the Cultural Partnership’s member organizations with the implementation of: green events, green purchasing, alternative transportation methods, waste diversion, and water efficiency.