Balboa Park, the historic crown jewel of San Diego, serves as a beautiful refuge for wildlife, a host for a variety of outdoor recreational activities for visitors and residents, and is a destination rich with arts, science and culture experiences. While it’s true that the operation of buildings can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions through energy and water use, waste production, occupant transportation, and purchasing practices, years of contributions and maintenance efforts by multiple Park stakeholders have elevated Balboa Park as an exemplar of environmental sustainability.
The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, in collaboration with its member organizations, the City of San Diego, and San Diego Gas & Electric, has led the Park’s centennial legacy of certifying 10 buildings as LEED venues in Balboa Park, with certification efforts beginning in 2009. LEED® - an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - is the preeminent and internationally known program for the design, construction, maintenance, and operations of high-performance green buildings. LEED certification requires the evaluation of energy efficiency measures, water efficiency, waste reduction strategies, green purchasing initiatives, transportation, and more within buildings.
In addition to LEED certification, the Cultural Partnership, along with its partners and the San Diego Green Building Council and their Green Assistance Program volunteers, continues to establish and evolve sustainable policies and practices within building operations and maintenance across Balboa Park. As a result, over 100 water retrofit and energy efficiency projects have been completed since 2009, helping reduce 5,139 metric tons of carbon dioxide equal to greenhouse gas emissions from 1,091 passenger vehicles driven for a year.
Maintaining third-party verification by the U.S. Green Building Council demonstrates the Cultural Partnership, its members, the City of San Diego, and San Diego Gas & Electric are committed to preserving Balboa Park and its resources for many centuries to come.
For more information about the 10 LEED certified buildings in Balboa Park and other park-wide sustainability efforts, visit the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership's website.
- Casa de Balboa
- San Diego Museum of Man
- Casa del Prado
- Federal Building (Comic-Con Museum)
- Fleet Science Center
- House of Charm
- The Old Globe
- WorldBeat Cultural Center
- Japanese Friendship Garden: Inamori Pavilion
- San Diego Natural History Museum
LEED®, and its related logo, is a trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council® and is used with permission.
Learn more about the 10 unique LEED certified venues in Balboa through the LEED video series on the Balboa Park TV YouTube channel.