Green Assistance Program (GAP)
The Green Assistance Program aims to both increase community involvement in green building design and develop an individual’s skills in sustainable projects, while promoting ecological and sustainable design and awareness.
All of GAP’s man power comes from volunteers from the community. While organized and developed through 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. Many of our volunteers have never been part of a LEED project, but through GAP have an opportunity to learn and develop skills which ultimately help themselves, the community, and the environment.
Nationally Featured GAP Project: WorldBeat Cultural Center
The WorldBeat Cultural Center is a nonprofit organization located in historic Balboa Park whose goal it is to preserve and celebrate multicultural arts from around the world. SDGBC and the Green Assistance Program helped the Center transform into an organization who is not only cognizant about the preservation of culture and traditions, but also the importance of sustainability and the preservation of the environment.
For more information on other GAP projects, see our archives and stories here.
We are grateful to the Sempra Energy Foundation for their gracious support in the launch of this program in 2010. Ongoing support for GAP has been provided by San Diego Gas & Electric, USGBC National and DPR Construction. We are also grateful to our partner institutions that have allowed us access to their facility and to LEEDUser for technical support in pursuing LEED Certification.