Green Assistance Program - Going Strong to support Balboa Park Centennial Sustainability Goals

The Green Assistance Program (GAP) aims to both increase community involvement in green building operations and develop an individual’s skills in sustainable projects, while promoting ecological and sustainable design and awareness for the betterment of the overall community.
The vision we have for the future is that our buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation.  If we can help other non-profits lighten the burden of designing, constructing, or operating their buildings, then they can better focus on their mission--while we focus on ours: to inspire, educate and collaborate within our community to transform our built environment towards true sustainability.

 GAP volunteers and USGBC chapter reps led by expert facilitator Keith Schneringer, at the first-ever LEED O+M "Hack-A-Thon" for Museum of Man, taken during the 2015 USGBC mid-year meeting. Photo credit Josh Dean.

GAP volunteers and USGBC chapter reps led by expert facilitator Keith Schneringer, at the first-ever LEED O+M "Hack-A-Thon" for Museum of Man, taken during the 2015 USGBC mid-year meeting. Photo credit Josh Dean.


GAP volunteers have been super busy in 2015:

  • During the first part of the year, the Old Globe GAP team wrapped up all LEED Online documentation, and is ready to submit for GBCI review.
  • A team was also established to begin the performance period for the Federal Building, which is home to the San Diego Hall of Champions.  The Federal Building GAP team has completed most of the LEED documentation and is wrapping up final ventilation calculations.  This project is on track to be submitted for review by the end of July. 
  • With the help and expertise of our GAP volunteers, both facilities were able to institute building operating plans and preventative maintenance measures.  By having these sort of plans and policies in place, the facility managers are able to operate their buildings more efficiently and stay on track with ongoing maintenance. 

GAP Volunteer Carlo Rivera taking outdoor air delivery readings for ventilations calculations. Photo credit Josh Dean.

Major achievements from Old Globe GAP Team:

  • Installed 0.35 GPM aerators throughout the buildings and 1.5 GPM shower heads to reduce the overall water usage by over 31%
  • Performed waste audit and helped institute new recycling program within the buildings
  • Completed indoor ventilation testing and calculations to ensure proper outdoor air delivery within the building. Through the testing, the team found areas needing an increase in outdoor air ventilation, allowing the facility to take advantage of the San Diego climate to cool/ventilate the indoor spaces.
 GAP Volunteers replacing low-flow faucet aerators on a project. Photo credit Josh Dean

GAP Volunteers replacing low-flow faucet aerators on a project. Photo credit Josh Dean

Major achievements from Federal Building GAP Team:

  • Installed 0.35 GPM aerators throughout the building and 1.5 GPM shower heads.  With help from our partner Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, the toilets and urinals were replaced with high efficient fixtures to reduce the overall water usage by 40%
  • Preventative Maintenance and Building Operating Plans were established to help the facility track and maintain HVAC system performance.  
  • Performed waste audit to identify areas of improvement for the facility and when large events are held. After the audit, the facility manager established new protocols for collecting waste and recyclables during events. 

We are very excited to have the support of our volunteers on all of our GAP projects, and we would not be able to complete these projects without their many hours of dedicated work.  Stay tuned for our upcoming projects set to kick off in August and September 2015! 

Learn more about past projects and view public resources on our GAP page: usgbc-sd.org/GAP. If you are interested in one of our upcoming projects, please sign up on our GAP Interest List here, or contact Josh Dean, Program Manager, at josh@usgbc-sd.org.

  Josh has professional experience working in the real estate, sustainability and construction industries. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management from Southern Polytechnic State University, a Green Building Certificate from Colorado State University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional in O+M. He has been involved in the Existing Buildings Committee and Green Assistance Program at SDGBC since 2013, and he has worked on LEED EBOM and energy projects throughout Balboa Park in San Diego.

Josh has professional experience working in the real estate, sustainability and construction industries. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management from Southern Polytechnic State University, a Green Building Certificate from Colorado State University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional in O+M. He has been involved in the Existing Buildings Committee and Green Assistance Program at SDGBC since 2013, and he has worked on LEED EBOM and energy projects throughout Balboa Park in San Diego.