The San Diego Natural History Museum LEED Celebration.
The San Diego Natural History Museum LEED Celebration.

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EECBG Informational meeting with Park facility directors and business managers,
EECBG Informational meeting with Park facility directors and business managers, BPCP staff and project managers, SDG&E staff, and City of San Diego staff.
Funding Sources

The Environmental Sustainability Program started with a $10,000 grant for energy audits from San Diego’s City Council.  The energy audits showed that park buildings could realize significant energy savings from retrofits. However, many of the member institutions rent their space and are faced with split incentives to implement these energy efficiency measures.  

By collaborating with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), BPCP helped member institutions understand the opportunity offered by SDG&E’s on-bill financing program. In on-bill financing, SDG&E loans an institution the money at zero percent interest to make energy efficient upgrades or improvements. The loan is then paid back through the energy savings realized.  After the loan terms have been satisfied, the institution realizes all future savings.

The BPCP Sustainability Program has received most of its funding from a combination of grants from the City of San Diego, SDG&E, and the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block (EECBG). In 2011-2012, Balboa Park’s institutions will spend $2.75 million on EECBG-funded energy efficiency projects. The Sustainability Program is also supported by the Partnership's Learning Institute, fees paid by member institutions, sustainability experts, and other Park stakeholders. Retrofits and other large scale projects carried out by individual member institutions are subsidized through rebates and On-Bill Financing.

Now supported by supported by nearly $3 million in funding from multiple sources, the Environmental Sustainability Program has evolved into a comprehensive set of programs and practices that integrate environmental sustainability into Balboa Park’s strategic plan and daily operations.

Collective Business Operations

The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership’s Collective Business Operations (CBO) Program identifies and facilitates cost savings and efficiency opportunities through resource-sharing among members.Areas of emphasis are: collective purchasing, information exchange, and sharing excess capacity within the Park.

Collective Purchasing:  Implement cost-saving programs by maximizing the combined leverage of all BPCP members, in the procurement of goods and services. This includes research, development, negotiation, and implementation of cost reduction programs for the member institutions.  

Information Exchange:  Build an information exchange infrastructure for BPCP members fostering the spirit of cooperation among the institutions for the sharing of ideas, resources and information.

Share Excess Capacity:  Utilize collective resources including equipment, meeting spaces, training opportunities, staff and volunteers.

The CBO Committee is made up of the CFOs and business managers from the Partnership’s member institutions andacts as an incubator for ideas, learning, and cooperative endeavors. The CBO Program leverages the Partnership’s entire membership to negotiate lower rates for products and services. The CBO Program strengthens individual institutions by providing opportunities for information exchange and sharing of resources.

Beyond environmental sustainability, BPCP sponsors a Learning Institute and speaker’s bureau for its member institutions.  The Balboa Park Learning Institute is a professional education program and learning community for staff and volunteers in arts, science, and cultural institutions. It was launched by the 24 member institutions of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership in 2008 as part of collaborative efforts to achieve greater organizational efficiency, innovation, and excellence.

Some of BPCP’s greatest impacts have come through establishing and cultivating relationships with community members, Park staff, and businesses throughout San Diego County. 

Rory Ruppert, BPCP Director of Environmental Sustainability in front of the Sust
Rory Ruppert, BPCP Director of Environmental Sustainability in front of the Sustainability Program History Board created for the ACEEE Conference 2010.
Sustainable Project Process

BPCP’s Sustainable Project Process

The steps of BPCP’s Sustainable Project Process are as follows:

  • EducationFacility Directors meet monthly for peer-to-peer learning and training.
  • AuditsCCSE conducted energy audits in the Park.
  • Identify PrioritiesBased on audits, institutions identify opportunities and choose project focus areas.
  • Identify Incentives: BPCP and SDG&E partnered to create an Incentives and Rebates program to discount energy efficiency projects.
  • Identify Funding: BPCP and SDG&E partnered to create an On Bill Financing option and BPCP applied for federal stimulus funds (EECBG).
  • Implement Projects:Institutions have completed over 40 projects in the Park saving an average of 5.4 million kWh annually.
  • Showcase ProjectsBPCP and Facility Directors share achievements at meetings and events for Park staff and the public.
  • Identify AwardsBPCP applies for awards like the 2010 Showcase Awards to pass on the collaboration message of Balboa Park Sustainability Program.

BPCP member institutions