Education is the cornerstone of the Sustainability Program's success within the Cultural Partnership's member organizations. The program works to develop Balboa Park's capacity for conservation and sustainability by increasing the education and awareness of staff and visitors. Our education efforts are focused around three core areas: formal education, informal education, and creating sustainable experiences in Balboa Park.
Professional Development: The Partnership supports professional development of Park facility staff through the Building Operators Certification (BOC) courses. Since 2011, over 10 Balboa Park team members have received this certification. In 2017, the Sustainability Program provided scholarships for two Park team members to complete IFMA’s Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) certification course and in 2018, three scholarships were awarded.
Community Workshops: The Balboa Park Sustainability Workshop Series provides innovative and specialized training for Balboa Park staff, volunteers, and the community about sustainability principles and practices.
Green Impact Guide: The Sustainability Program partnered with San Diego State University to create a Green Impact Guide with new and existing tools to advise and aid in the successful implementation of sustainable best practices for Balboa Park’s diverse arts & cultural organizations. Learn more.
Green Team: With the goal of infusing sustainability practices into every level of operations, the Sustainability Program works with the Green Team to further the expertise of Balboa Park organizations’ staff in energy conservation and green business principles. Learn more.
Facility Director Meetings: The Sustainability Program drives facility director education by hosting monthly meetings to discuss energy efficiency and sustainability topics and provide resources to aid in project implementation.
Regional Best Practice Sharing: Balboa Park participates in regional conversations including presentations at conferences such as AAM, ACEEE, and WMA. The Partnership is a supporter of the California Association of Museums (CAM) and also participates in the Friends of Balboa Park Water-wise Community of Practice and the Balboa Park Conservancy’s project committee.
Balboa Park Sustainability Forum: Each year, we host the annual Balboa Park Sustainability Forum to provide an educational panel discussion on a relevant topic, recognize Balboa Park organizations for innovative sustainability projects with the Balboa Park Sustainability Awards, and provide networking to members of the community. Learn more here.
Walk-About Tours: The Sustainability Program hosts Walk-About tours that offer the community a behind-the-scenes look at the greening efforts of Balboa Park institutions. To date over 600 individuals from all over the world have participated! To inquire about how to incorporate this opportunity into your next conference or event, click here.
Sustainability Studio: The BPCP Sustainability Studio was a pilot community outreach space that brought together the San Diego community and visitors to build awareness on current sustainability projects in Balboa Park’s cultural organizations. Our studio demonstrated solutions, provided case studies and activities for those who visited. The studio was open from October through December 2016. Learn more. Our program was awarded the AAM Sustainability Excellence Award for this pilot exhibit. Read our blog to learn more.