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 …

Green Business Practices: Fleet Science Center E-Waste Program

Rubi Baricuatro Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

The Fleet Science Center not only strives to be a leader in presenting and adopting innovative science and technology, but they also take the responsibility of properly disposing of hazardous e-waste. Started as an internal measure to properly dispose of hazardous electronic waste, the program quickly expanded to service Balboa Park’s arts and culture organizations. So far this year, 3,060 …

Balboa Park Pledges to go Strawless in April!

Kelsey Ceccarelli Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

With the arrival of the month of April comes nicer San Diego weather and, of course, Earth Month. April is always full of sustainability initiatives to celebrate Earth Month and Balboa Park is no exception. This year, to celebrate and to avoid single-use plastic straws, staff members of 14 Balboa Park organizations have signed a pledge to go strawless for …

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet: Recycling, Reusing & Redesigning Costumes

Rubi Baricuatro Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet has been the resident classic ballet school in Balboa Park for over 70 years, providing high-quality, affordable, year-round training in the Casa del Prado studios for students ages 4 to adult. In addition, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet is able to provide a special arts and culture opportunity to over 600 students in San Diego public schools through their …

Small Measures Make Big Impacts: Composting at the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory

Rubi Baricuatro Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

2018 Balboa Park Sustainability Award Winner The arts and culture organizations within Balboa Park range in size from a staff of two to the largest with over 300 employees. We get excited when we can spotlight the sustainability initiatives in the small-but-mighty organizations because they usually face the biggest challenges with limited staff, time, space and budgets. The San Diego …

Sustainability Partners’ Breakfast

Rubi Baricuatro

The Balboa Park Sustainability Program presents the fourth annual Sustainability Partners’ Breakfast. This breakfast brings together San Diego community and Balboa Park stakeholders to build awareness on current sustainability issues. Additionally, we will honor Balboa Park institutions for their exceptional work in the field of sustainability and energy efficiency through the 2017 Balboa Park Sustainability Awards. To register click here.

San Diego Natural History Museum: Passive Climate Control for Collections

Kelsey Ceccarelli Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

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 …

Park Profiles: Meet Ranger Kim Duclo!

Kristen Mihalko Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, One Park - One Team, Park Profiles

Kim Duclo is a Park Ranger here in Balboa Park. He has dedicated a little over three decades to Balboa Park both inside and outside of the institutions, and has become one of the most recognizable faces of the Park. His knowledge and excitement for his work translates to the team members he meets, and the millions of visitors that come …

San Diego Zoo Global: A Comprehensive Look at Waste Diversion

Kelsey Ceccarelli Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Sustainability Program

The larger the organization, the more potential for resource savings and change. The San Diego Zoo as the largest organization in Balboa Park by acre, has answered the call for waste diversion action. Waste diversion is any method of keeping waste out of a landfill. This can include recycling, composting, donating, or a number of other creative options. In January …