Increasing Green Building Operations in Balboa Park

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Though some organizations in Balboa Park have not reopened, many are taking the opportunity to plan for improvements to their facilities. Our program assisted in enrolling Casa de Balboa, House of Hospitality, Japanese Friendship Garden, Museum of Us, San Diego Natural History Museum, Spanish Village Art Center, The San Diego Museum of Art, The Old Globe, and the Timken Museum … Read More


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On August 26th, 2020, the Sustainability Program hosted our third annual E-Waste Collection Event at Balboa Park for the Cultural Partnership’s members. During this event, organizations in the Park recycled their e-waste in a way that is safe for the environment. In collaboration with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the Fleet Science Center, and EnviroGreen Recycling Services, our event … Read More


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The San Diego Natural History Museum, also known as The Nat, has always been an eco champion, leading the charge to a greener future with its sustainability initiatives. They have addressed their environmental impact in numerous aspects of their organization, from their use of sustainably produced paint and carpets, to their exhibit display furniture and mounts created in-house. Through SDG&E’s … Read More

Balboa Park Leads in Environmental Sustainability for Urban Parks

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The  Park’s  Sustainability  Legacy  Continues  Through  LEED  Building  Recertifications A downloadable version of this release can be found here. Issued April 14, 2020 Updated April 14, 2020 Balboa Park, San Diego, CA – The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership has announced the achievement of four LEED building recertifications in famous Balboa Park. This achievement is a testament to the continued commitment of … Read More

Spring is in Bloom!

Kristen MihalkoBalboa Park Cultural Partnership, One Park - One Team

  Spring is officially in bloom! This week our museum friends kicked off spring by sharing “flower bouquets” with each other! Check out these wholesome tweets. 1. Timken Museum of Art Museum flower delivery! To some of our wonderful neighbors: @BalboaPark @SDMA @MingeiMuseum @JapaneseGarden @museumofman hope this hand-picked #MuseumBouquet from the Timken’s collection will brighten your day 💐See you again … Read More


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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

Upgrading with LED Lights at the Natural History Museum

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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

San Diego Natural History Museum: Passive Climate Control for Collections

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The San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) has been working on a unique energy saving and collection preserving project that culminated with the opening of Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science in the fall of 2016. This permanent exhibit features a multitude of historic documents, photos and other delicate artifacts. The logistics of opening this exhibit took … Read More

Park Profiles: Meet Jennifer Padilla!

Kristen MihalkoBalboa Park Cultural Partnership, One Park - One Team

Meet Jennifer Padilla Jennifer is the Director of Visitor Services at the San Diego Natural History Museum. She was the recipient of the Friends of Balboa Park’s inaugural Betty Peabody Emerging Young Leader Award. You were the inaugural winner of the Betty Peabody Emerging Young Leader in Balboa Park Award, congrats! What was it like to receive this award? Thank you! It … Read More