ABM Joins Balboa Park Cultural Partnership Sustainability Council

Thursday, July 16, 2015

ABM (NYSE:ABM), a leading provider of energy and facility solutions, announced its ABM Building Services business in San Diego has been invited to serve on the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership Sustainability Council. The Sustainability Council was formed in 2013 to advise the Balboa Park Sustainability Program on museum and sustainability field trends. The Program aims to significantly reduce energy use annually in Balboa Park.

ABM has been consistently involved in the sustainability efforts throughout the cultural institutions at Balboa Park and recently expanded the company’s Bundled Energy Solutions Program within the San Diego market. This financial and energy solutions program packages all essential energy efficiency improvements into a single turnkey project that produces guaranteed operational and energy savings. These savings are leveraged to fund the project so there is little to no upfront capital required and zero impact to the existing operating budget. By serving on the Sustainability Council, ABM will bring a new dimension of knowledge and experience to Balboa Park in the area of energy efficiency, bundled energy solutions and sustainability.

“ABM has worked with Balboa Park for a number of years and has completed several energy efficiency based retrofit projects for its cultural institutions,” Harvey Katzen, Bundled Energy Solutions Account Executive, ABM Building Services - San Diego. “As we look forward with the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership to the continued sustainability of this great San Diego landmark, we are delighted to bring ABM’s energy efficiency expertise to the Sustainability Council.”

The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership (BPCP) is a nonprofit organization through which 28 arts, science and cultural institutions in Balboa Park, San Diego, collaborate to achieve greater efficiency, innovation and excellence. To help achieve this mission, the Sustainability Program was established in 2008 and is a collaborative effort between the BPCP, the City of San Diego and San Diego Gas & Electric. The goal of the sustainability program is to establish Balboa Park as an exemplary model of sustainability and energy efficiency for museums and parks around the globe. In recognition of the organization’s efforts to conserve energy and reduce environmental impact, the BPCP was named Grand Champion during San Diego Gas & Electric’s 10th Annual Energy Showcase on June 18, 2015.

Since the inception, the Council has succeeded in strengthening productivity and accountability between BPCP, the member institutions in Balboa Park and the community. It is comprised of sustainability experts in the community, Balboa Park stakeholders and government representatives. ABM joins the council alongside members that include the San Diego Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, the City of San Diego, San Diego Gas & Electric, San Diego State University, the University of San Diego and the U.S. Navy Region Southwest.

“In partnership with City of San Diego and San Diego Gas & Electric, we’ve implemented energy efficiency projects that have saved over 8.6 million kWh, which is the equivalent to taking 1,337 cars off our roads,” said Jessica Travis, Director of Sustainability and Community Relations, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership. “With the help of many partners through the Sustainability Council, our environmental impacts will continue to grow.”

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