Aquarium of the Pacific Shines a Light on Energy Savings

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Aquarium of the Pacific Shines a Light on Energy Savings

The Long Beach tourist attraction receives a Cool Planet award for its environmental efforts.

Even though the lighting in the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is muted, staff was able to save additional power by using energy-efficient LED lights in many of the exhibits.

A catwalk around the top of the 360,000-gallon tropical reef tank at Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific allows staff to check out the exhibit and provides a jumping off spot for divers.

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach opened in 1998 and now hosts 1.5 million visitors annually.

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The sea otters at the Aquarium of the Pacific are always a big draw, delighting visitors with their antics in the water.

What visitors don’t realize is the otter exhibit is also a showcase for energy efficiency. As part of its greening of the aquarium initiative, the Long Beach tourist attraction replaced existing lighting in the otter exhibit with energy-efficient LED lights.

The difference is not apparent to the uninitiated, but it is one of the efforts that has helped the aquarium reduce its carbon footprint by 25 percent since 2007, even as attendance has grown to 1.5 million visitors a year.

In recognition of its efforts, the aquarium was one of 11 Southern California Edison business customers recently recognized with a 2015 Cool Planet award. The award, jointly sponsored by SCE and The Climate Registry, is given to customers who demonstrate leadership in energy savings and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Read full story in Edison's Online Newsroom.

Keywords: Energy | Aquarium of the Pacific | Edison International | Green Infrastructure | Innovation & Technology | Long Beach

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