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

Nate Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

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. …

CAUGHT GREEN-HANDED: SUSTAINABLE ART WITH BONNIE CHANCE

Kathryn Salazar Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Caught Green-Handed, Sustainability Program

We are introducing Caught Green-Handed, a 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! This month, Bonnie Chance was Caught Green-Handed creating sustainable art! Bonnie Chance, also known as …

Performing an Energy Audit at Casa del Prado

Nate Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

As part of the on-going LEED recertification process for four buildings in Balboa Park, a group of volunteers and staff from the San Diego Green Building Council’s Green Assistance Program and our Sustainability Program performed an energy audit of Casa del Prado. In this energy audit, the building was surveyed and analyzed to create a picture of how energy is …

Upgrading with LED Lights at the Natural History Museum

Nate Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

As a part of on-going energy efficiency efforts in Balboa Park, many organizations have been upgrading lighting in their buildings to efficient LED bulbs. In July, staff at the San Diego Natural History Museum retrofitted 800 LED light bulbs using a rebate from San Diego Gas & Electric. We sat down with Michael Field, Director of Experience Design, to talk …

Using Data to Pursue Sustainability Initiatives with Measurabl

Nate Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

To help the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership’s members use building operation data to run their buildings more sustainably, the Sustainability Program has partnered with Measurabl, a data management software. This dashboard will allow facility managers in the Park to view their building data in a single dashboard, including energy benchmarking, project tracking, and building audits. With this, our facility managers …

Balboa Park Employees Save Energy

Nate Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

High utility costs can be a result of paying for energy that is wasted by lights, equipment, and HVAC systems that are left on for long periods while not in use. According to Energy Star, office buildings waste up to one-third of the energy they consume. By looking closely at their operations and how they use their building, staff in …

Reducing Energy Costs with Efficient Lighting at the Fleet Science Center

Nate Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

As part of the Fleet Science Center’s ongoing efforts to reduce their building’s energy usage, the organization is replacing existing light bulbs throughout the building with 1,100 energy efficient LEDs. By using these new bulbs, they expect to save $16,365 through reduced energy costs. The Fleet Science Center, also known simply as the Fleet, has continued to operate more sustainably …

Exploring Energy Efficiency for Balboa Park’s 2019 LEED Efforts

Nate Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

We are excited to partner again with the San Diego Green Building Council to relaunch the Green Assistance Program (GAP) in Balboa Park. Through this program, green building professionals from the San Diego community will volunteer to help nine non-profit organizations in Balboa Park achieve LEED recertification, while attaining LEED project experience. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, …

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. …

Snapshots of a Fragile Planet – The Prix Pictet: Disorder Exhibition at the Museum of Photographic Arts

Rubi Baricuatro Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

The Museum of Photographic Art’s (MOPA) current exhibit, Prix Pictet: Disorder, highlights important social and environmental issues through the use of photography. Since 2008, the six cycles of the Prix Pictet have been shown in 63 exhibitions in 54 different cities including Tokyo, London, Hong Kong, New York, Rome, Moscow and Mexico. MOPA has had the privilege of hosting the current …