Green Initiatives - Doing Our Part

The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) believes in creating a healthy community and environment for our patrons/guests/visitors. Through our sustainability initiatives and project implementation supported by the Balboa Park Sustainability Program, we have been able to complete efficiency projects and create innovative programs that benefit generations to come.

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Additional sustainability highlights in Balboa Park include:

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LEED® Certification

With the Balboa Park Sustainability Program, in partnership with the San Diego Green Building Council and their Green Assistance Program, our Inamori Pavilion achieved LEED certification in 2016. LEED® is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings. By receiving a third-party certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, we demonstrate that our building and operations run efficiently and sustainably.

LEED®, and its related logo, is a trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council®  and is used with permission.

Educational Programming

Education is at the core of our mission. Our hope is that our programming revolving sustainability topics inspires innovative solutions and consciousness of our environment to the many creative minds that enter our museum/garden/institution/organization resulting in the creation of a better community. Our internal Green Team represents multiple departments who convene to discuss and implement green initiatives in operations and programming. 

The 2018 Cherry Blossom Festival marked our first collaboration that consisted of creating proper signage for festival attendees and waste management and diversion. Having a Green Team available during the Cherry Blossom Festival allowed for a benchmark to be created which in turn, can act as a reference to see what additional steps can be taken by JFG and its vendors to help make these types of events more sustainable.

Composting Volunteer

Majority of JFG waste is green waste from tree trimming and garden maintenance.
Composting helps us to achieve a 75% waste diversion rate and zero waste events.
The compost becomes fertile to be used as soil and helps our plant to grow.

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • No experience necessary

  • At least 3-month commitment required

  • The schedule is flexible but must be on Monday - Sunday between 10 am and 3:30 pm.

  • Must be at least 16 years or older

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