S3: Students, Service, Sustainability
The S3 program is a three pillar initiative that creates green sector workforce development opportunities while addressing the role of efficient buildings in fighting climate change. S3 connects students to green building curriculum and projects through a multi-step plan.
In 2018-19, we worked with 20 students from San Diego State University to achieve their GPRO (Green Professional Building Skills Training) Certifications. Utilizing backpack toolkits and their GPRO training, the students were partnered with local small-to-medium sized businesses to perform free green building audits. In addition to providing a professional certification and technical green building skills, the hands-on experience is highly sought after by emerging green professionals. By applying knowledge to real-life projects, students will gain a better understanding of implementing sustainability projects and businesses will be able to accurately assess their water, energy and waste data.
Thanks to the SDG&E Environmental Champions Initiative, we will be continuing this project into the 2019-20 year.
Balboa Park LEED Recertification
Currently, there are over 50 volunteers working on the LEED Recertification of four Balboa Park institutions: Casa del Prado, Casa de Balboa, The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, & The Old Globe Theatre. These volunteer teams connect local leaders in the green building industry with team members consisting of architects, engineers, consultants, business-owners, and students alike.
The aim of this program is to educate and collaborate with building operators and tenants by proving environmental metrics and solutions through the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Additionally, the volunteer teams have an opportunity to learn and develop skills which ultimately help themselves, the community, and the environment. While organized and developed through the San Diego Green Building Council, GAP's successes equate directly to the great base of volunteers and the knowledge, enthusiasm, and dedication they bring to each project.
Thank you to the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership Sustainability Program for their help and dedication to the program.