Mayor Jerry Sanders kicking off 2008 with the first annual Balboa Park Sustainab
Mayor Jerry Sanders kicking off 2008 with the first annual Balboa Park Sustainability Workshop Series.

BPCP runs programs to engage its member institutions and the public in the Park’s sustainability efforts. BPCP is able to leverage its access to experts from around the world to share knowledge and experience. 

Collective Business Operations

One unique program of the Partnership is the Collective Business Operations (CBO) group. What started as a small group of CFOs discussing opportunities for cost savings has expanded to include all member institutions in a discussion of broader sustainability issues. This group now determines park-wide solutions for waste reduction, improved recycling, and group purchasing.

The Partnership identifies and implements important cost-saving and revenue generating opportunities for members such as negotiated group rates for credit card processing, office supplies, payroll services and general insurance.

This program facilitates shared services and resources among members, including large scale printing, security services and information technology support and management.

 By leveraging the size and scope of the membership, the committee is able to negotiate lower rates for products and services and strengthen individual institutions with collaborative information exchange and resource sharing . The collaboration saved member institutions $260,000 in one year.

Sharing Best Practices in a Professional Learning Laboratory

Member institutions’ Facilities Directors also come together at monthly lunch and learn meetings, which allow them to both teach and learn about a variety of topics and to share best practices on sustainability and facility efficiency. Together, Facility Directors from various institutions mentor and advise one another on topics ranging from facilities management to emerging technologies. Some of the topics have included green building basics, energy efficiency, water management, waste management, alternative transportation, green purchasing, and facility management. These meetings have been so well-received that they’ve run without missing a month since their start in February of 2008.

According to BPCP, Balboa Park is an ideal place to serve as a professional “learning laboratory,” given the number, diversity and geographic proximity of its resident cultural institutions. BPCP is working with consultants to conduct a multi-year evaluation study and better understand potential opportunities for increased audience participation and member involvement.

Public Education

There are also programs that engage and educate the Park’s 6.2 million annual visitors about BPCP’s renewable resource and environmental efforts. "So WATT! An Illuminating Look at Energy," a hands-on exhibition at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, educates visitors about common ways electricity is generated and shows off the photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof. 

The Partnership holds community education events and workshops throughout the year.  Past topics include: Energy Efficient Upgrades & EnergyStar Benchmarking, LEED Green Associate Workshop, Basics of Sustainability, and How to Manage Your Business Energy Costs.  Total participation, from Park staff and community members, has exceeded 3,000 attendees.

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