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

Nate Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

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 …

March Green Team Meeting

Kelsey Ceccarelli

Closed to the general public. The Balboa Park Green Team is a group comprised of employees and volunteers from all the arts and culture organizations in Balboa Park. It was assembled to enhance employee and volunteer engagement in Park sustainability initiatives.  We aim to have representation from each of the BPCP member organizations at each meeting. With the goal of …

Casa de Balboa Goes Solar

Nate Sustainability Program

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 …

Balboa Park Conservancy: Preserving Balboa Park’s Urban Forest

Nate Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

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. …

January Green Team Meeting

Kelsey Ceccarelli

Closed to the general public. The Balboa Park Green Team is a group comprised of employees and volunteers from all the arts and culture organizations in Balboa Park. It was assembled to enhance employee and volunteer engagement in Park sustainability initiatives.  We aim to have representation from each of the BPCP member organizations at each meeting. With the goal of …

Friends of Balboa Park: Sustaining Balboa Park for the Future

Kelsey Ceccarelli Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, News & Events, Sustainability Program

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 …

Japanese Friendship Garden: Sustainable Practices at December Nights

Kelsey Ceccarelli Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

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 …

OPOT Get-Together: Morning Coffee!

Cassie Kaawaloa

Stay warm and caffeinated with OPOT friends! Join us for the December OPOT Get-Together at Daniel’s Coffee Cart on Wednesday, December 19 from 8:00-10:00 AM for a cup of coffee and pastries! Enjoy a cup of regular or decaf coffee and a pastry on us, or $1.50 off a specialty drink.  Don’t forget to bring your reusable OPOT coffee cup! This …