June 11, 2013
The Aquarium of the Pacific celebrates its fifteenth anniversary on June 20, 2013. With 1.5 million visitors annually and new programs and facilities added each year, the institution has grown to become a well-respected science education institution as well as one of the most popular cultural destinations in Southern California. It is the fourth-highest-attended aquarium in the United States. The Aquarium generated $57 million in local economic impact in 2010 and provides 520 jobs in Long Beach and 1,240 jobs in the region. As the Aquarium has grown in size and annual attendance, its greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and energy use have held steady or decreased.
New exhibits and facility enhancements in the last five years include the Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific exhibit area, the Earth-Friendly Garden installed on the Aquarium’s front lawn, the upgraded BP Sea Otter Habitat, the Molina Animal Care Center, the temporary Arctic & Antarctic: Our Polar Regions in Peril exhibit, the Ocean Science Center featuring the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Science on the Sphere®, the Roddenberry Foundation Education Videoconferencing Studio, three live exhibit webcams, the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, and most recently, the Wonders of the Deep exhibit.
Programs developed in the last five years include the VolunTEENs service learning program for high school students, Aquarium Live at Miller Children’s Hospital, and live streaming lectures in the Guest Speaker Series. Awards presented to the Aquarium in the last five years include certification by the City of Long Beach in its Green Business Recognition Program, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, and the State Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education. It was also named among the top ten workplaces in greater Los Angeles among large companies in 2013. In 2009 the Alliance to Save Energy presented the Aquarium its Super Nova Award, a national award given to the most energy-efficient business with annual revenues under $150 million. The Aquarium’s Aquatic Academy adult educational program was featured in the March 2013 issue of the New York Times.
Charter volunteers (on staff since the Aquarium’s founding in 1998) include Laurie Abshire, Barbara Anders, Diane Blackford, Richard Boberg, Dan Dabelstein, Linda De Ambrosio, Steve Dodge, Ronnie Feldman, Vicki Gausepohl, Jan Hawk, Paulette Hentzen, Barbara Hill, Debra Hill, Valerie Hoffman, Leslie Holtman, Roy Houston, Becky Katzen, Michael Kohel, Deborah Koreneff, Ken Kurtis, Caron Laird, Donna Lasher-Keller, Jim May, Bruce Monroe, Corinne Monroe, Mona Morris, Stan Nathanson, Robin Riggs, Hugh Ryono, Susan Schwartz, Jeanne Sleeper, Betsy Suttle, Gregory Tashima, Robin Thornton, Bob Titus, and Leah Young.
Charter Aquarium employees include David Bader, Janet Baldwin, Teresa Carmack, Linda Glasco, Dennis Gill, Brian Gray, Perry Hampton, Claudia Harden, Jerrydine Hudson, Michael Kent, Shelley Ko, Pilar Larraga, Amanda Lopez, Brenda Mayes, Nicole Meek, Nelly Missios, Robert Mortensen, William Naritomi, Darrell Petry, John Rouse, Osgood Sargeant, Estella Smith, Ellen Stein, Amy Toyama, Sandra Trautwein, Thomas Van Tress, and James Wilson.