Balboa Park Becoming a Green Certified Sustainable Park

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April 19, 2017 (San Diego) One of the leading trends in urban parks is to make them sustainable. The park has received certification for ten of it’s buildings as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). This effort started in 2008, and the park announced that it has reached a significant milestone. Ten of the buildings are now certified. 
So which are the buildings: the San Diego Natural History Museum, the Fleet Science Center, the Worldbeat Cultural Center, the Casa de Balboa, the Casa de Prado, the House of Charm, the Old Glove Theater, the San Diego Hall of Champions, the Japanese Friendship Center and the San Diego Museum of Man 
The San Diego Air and Space museum is further certified as a green building. 
This will mean a lower energy cost for these structures. It also will mean less green house emissions. It is part of the commitment to meet green house emission targets, and reduce the carbon footprint. 
The park has highlighted the accomplishments of this effort. They have pointed out that “The Old Globe is one of four venues featured in the “Performing Arts Centers” category. It’s in the distinguished company of the New Orleans Jazz Market, Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York, and Pittsburgh Opera’s Westinghouse Air Brake Factory. The report calls attention some of The Old Globe’s key accomplishments:
“Low-flow fixtures and aerators reduced overall water usage by 32%, LED retrofits and timer installations resulted in savings of over 14,000 kilowatt hours per year, and an increase of recycling bins and staff education created the potential for more waste diversion. Achieving LEED Silver under LEED O+M: Existing Buildings is just the starting point of the Globe’s commitment to sustainability.”

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