STAY (GREEN) AT HOME 

Kathryn SalazarBalboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

Since we are all staying at home and may have some time on our hands, why not kick start personal green efforts! Now more than ever it is important to look at ways to be sustainable where you live (and perhaps now work). Starting simple with one practice at a time can lead to a few or more eco-friendly habits … Read More

Sustainability Tips for Non-Profits: Lessons Learned from Balboa Park in 2019

Sustainability ProgramBalboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

Non-profits have an important role to play in reducing global emissions, but it can be difficult to reduce your environmental impact if you have limited resources. Based on efforts in Balboa Park from the past year, below are some tips for non-profits and businesses with limited budgets that are looking to use less energy and find new ways to be … Read More

CAUGHT GREEN-HANDED: SUSTAINABLE TOTE BAGS WITH MARY ALICE KESSLER

Kathryn SalazarBalboa Park Cultural Partnership, Caught Green-Handed, Sustainability Program

Caught Green-Handed is a new 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! Mary Alice Kessler, also known as “The Bag Lady,” is a volunteer for the Botany Department … Read More

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

Sustainability ProgramBalboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

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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. … Read More

CAUGHT GREEN-HANDED: SUSTAINABLE ART WITH BONNIE CHANCE

Kathryn SalazarBalboa 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 … Read More

Performing an Energy Audit at Casa del Prado

Sustainability ProgramBalboa 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 … Read More

Upgrading with LED Lights at the Natural History Museum

Sustainability ProgramBalboa 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 … Read More

Using Data to Pursue Sustainability Initiatives with Measurabl

Sustainability ProgramBalboa 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 … Read More

Reducing Energy Costs with Efficient Lighting at the Fleet Science Center

Sustainability ProgramBalboa 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 … Read More