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Green Practices

In addition to broadening environmental awareness by offering many opportunities to experience the wonders of nature, the Aquarium staff is proud of its efforts to green our unique facility.

Choosing “Green” Products

  • Serving plates and utensils made from biodegradable potato and corn-based products
  • Offering green products such as fashionable bags made of recycled products and men’s shirts made of bamboo fibers in stores
  • Printing brochures and stationery on Forest Steward Certified paper to ensure no old-growth trees used
  • Annual report printed on100% recycled paper and available on the Aquarium’s website
  • Picnic tables made from recycled milk cartons
  • “Cradle to cradle” window shades (made from recycled materials that can be returned to the manufacturer that will then recycle those returned shades into their next generation product)
  • Bamboo material in Pacific Collections and Shark Shack stores (using bamboo saves hardwood forests, and it grows quickly)
  • Carpet and picnic benches made from recycled materials
  • Waterless urinals that save 360,000 gallons of water annually
  • Currently piloting dual flush toilets that will save even more water
  • Three vehicles powered by natural gas and two carts powered by electricity
  • Designing all new buildings to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, including the first LEED platinum certified building in Long Beach - our Watershed Classroom.
  • Dyson Blade hand dryers have been added to the Shark Lagoon restrooms to save paper and reduce paper towel use.
  • Purchasing office supplies from Office Depot, which is a member of the Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Alliance.
  • Cleaning products are purchased from WAXIE Sanitary Supply, a company that offers environmentally friendly cleaning products and green cleaning training.
  • SAVOR…Long Beach (Aquarium’s onsite food service partner) provides organic, bird friendly, fair trade coffee to the staff and general public.

Sustainability Programs

  • Creating an Environmental Footprint exhibit for special events
  • Leading a community street and beach cleanups annually
  • Organizing annual Endangered Species Day and Earth Day events
  • Printing sustainability tips on Aquarium retail shopping bags
  • Collecting guests’ cell phones for recycling
  • Recycling— approximately 30 tons of cardboard, 940 pounds of aluminum, 1,620 pounds of plastics, 3,620 pounds of glass, 1,500 pounds of white ledger paper, and 9,000 pounds of other paper are recycled annually
  • Conducting conferences on California’s water management practices and policies
  • “Focus on Sustainability” column in our quarterly members’ publication, Pacific Currents
  • Presenting green practices to other organizations at conferences
  • Providing a paperless paycheck option for employees
  • Aquarium Green Team leads green Behind-The-Scenes tours to highlight the Aquarium’s sustainable practices.
  • SAVOR… Long Beach currently vermiposts about 5 lbs of food a week and plans are underway to create an Aquarium-wide composting program.
  • Volunteers maintain Aquarium native plant gardens.
  • Many departments have switched to paperless communications.
  • SAVOR… Long Beach collects used oil which is then recycled.

Energy Efficiency

  • Utilizing the latest energy-management systems to manage the water temperature of exhibits, our largest energy demand.
  • Supplying power off the grid from a cogeneration plant during peak periods.
  • Installing automated lights with occupancy sensors.
  • Providing power from solar panels to Lorikeet Forest and to the Animal Sounds donation kiosk.