The Jackie Robinson YMCA in southeastern San Diego

NEWS // March 21, 2018

Incorporating Sustainable Practices at the YMCA

The YMCA believes that environmental sustainability is rooted in the commitment to social responsibility. With 18 branches, three overnight camp facilities and other buildings, the YMCA of San Diego County is continuously looking to implement sustainability measures to ensure facilities are energy efficient.

The new Jackie Robinson Family YMCA in southeastern San Diego opened in October 2017 and serves as a prime example of sustainability. This 45,000-square-foot facility was awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council on factors including energy efficiency, water savings, indoor environmental quality and other efficient systems—achieving more than 37% more efficiency than what the California Building Standards Code mandates.

The new facility, which serves one of the most underserved communities in the county, also includes a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center; a gymnasium with two basketball courts; Kids Club and Child Watch room where members can receive two free hours of childcare; community multi-purpose room and intergenerational program space; teen and technology center; two multi-purpose group exercise studios, including indoor cycling; Major League Baseball All-Star Sports Complex, and a member lounge.  

The main mission of the YMCA of San Diego County is to provide healthy, sustainable facilities that serve as a community gathering place ensuring people of all ages and backgrounds can access the resources needed to help them grow and thrive in spirit, mind and body. YMCA branches like Border View and Copley-Price are currently using solar energy and six more YMCA locations across San Diego are in process to use high-efficiency solar panels. These locations include Toby Wells YMCA, Mission Valley YMCA, McGrath Family YMCA, Cameron Family YMCA, and Dan McKinney Family YMCA.

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