2010 SHOWCASE AWARDS

Balboa Parks Cultural Partnership

Balboa Park Sustainability Workshop Series, January 27, 2011.
Balboa Park Sustainability Workshop Series, January 27, 2011.

The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership (BPCP) is a nonprofit organization comprised of 26 museums, performing arts centers, and other institutions in Balboa Park, San Diego―the nation's largest urban cultural park.  Since 2003, BPCP has promoted efficiency, innovation, and professional excellence to enrich its member institutions, San Diego’s cultural community, and the experience of Balboa Park’s 6.2 million annual visitors. 

In 2007, BPCP launched its Environmental Sustainability Program to preserve and enhance Balboa Park by promoting and implementing sustainability best practices among member institutions. 

The mission of the Balboa Park Sustainability Program is to educate, measure and promote sustainability practices to preserve and enhance Balboa Park.

The vision of the Balboa Park Sustainability Program is to significantly advance environmental sustainability in Balboa Park by 2015 and beyond.

The goals of the Balboa Park Sustainability Program include:

  • Reduce Balboa Park electric bills by $1.5 million per year.
  • Increase Balboa Park water conservation by 40%.
  • Increase recycling at Balboa Park by 50%.

Using a collaborative model, BPCP achieves collectively what individual member organizations would be unlikely to achieve on their own. Among other functions, the BPCP pools resources among member institutions, identifies sustainability funding opportunities, celebrates achievements of member institutions and shares their best practices, and educates the public through forums and events.  BPCP also provides educational opportunities to employees of member institutions and peer-to-peer mentorship opportunities for facility directors.