September 5, 2012
The Port of Long Beach, through its Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Mitigation Grant Program, awarded the Aquarium $389,447. Funding will be used to replace fifteen-year-old equipment with state-of-the-art boilers that will provide annual around-the-clock HVAC heating for visitors and staff; hot water; and heating for the live animal collection.
Independent energy auditors determined that the new boilers will prevent the annual equivalent of 84,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions, save 20,400 kilowatt hours of electricity, and save 14.500 therms of natural gas. The cost savings over the life of the new boilers will be over $470,000.