We’re thrilled to announce the Museum was recently awarded the prestigious LEED Gold® certification by the Green Building Certification Institute, the certifying body of the U.S. Green Building Council®, making us the highest ranked LEED-certified building in Balboa Park!

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas that address sustainability issues, and based on the number of points achieved, a project receives one of four rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.

Our LEED Gold certification, which falls under the Existing Buildings: Operations + Maintenance rating system, encompasses three historic structures: the California Building, which houses our main museum galleries; the Irving J. Gill Administration Building, which houses staff offices; and the California Tower.

To earn this new Gold rating, we built upon energy efficient measures started in 2013, when the Museum became LEED Certified.

This milestone was achieved thanks to a collaborative effort between the Museum, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E™), City of San Diego, San Diego Green Building Council (USGBC San Diego Chapter), and the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership.

Our LEED Gold certification is valid for five years, at which time we’ll apply for re-certification, but our work isn’t done! Our staff is committed to maintaining our green practices and implementing new ones to continue reducing our environmental impact.

Thank you to our staff, volunteers, partners, and visitors for helping us achieve these goals!

Learn more about LEED here.

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

LEED Gold® Report Stats
  • Earned an Energy Star rating of 84, which indicates that the building performs 34% more efficiently than the average of similar building types.
  • Conserved 124,000 gallons of water per year through low flow restroom fixtures and aerators -the equivalent of 2.25 San Diegans’ water footprint.
  • 37% of Museum staff are commuting to and from work using greener alternatives like riding bicycles, walking, and carpooling, which increases indoor and outdoor environmental quality.
  • Implemented a green purchasing policy with 82% of ongoing consumables (like office supplies) meeting sustainable purchasing requirements.