Heal the Bay Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is a non-profit organization that provides an innovative educational experience for school children, families and anyone interested in marine life. Their sustainability commitment goes above and beyond healing the ocean. ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ highlights include: staff and volunteers bring in reusable mugs, hand-out materials are laminated and loaned to visitors, and many craft activities are made from recycled materials.
The Aquarium has a non-toxic, chlorine-free and triclosan-free cleaning chemical policy to protect the surrounding marine life – so disinfectant cleaners contain peroxide and hand sanitizers are alcohol based. They implement excellent Transportation Management practices by paying for employee bus passes and providing secure bicycle parking for staff and volunteers. Green building materials such as recycled acrylic and recycled rubber used for flooring materials, recycled content carpet tiles, and refurbished office furniture are also incorporated into the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium’s facility. The façade on aquarium exhibit bases are also made from recycled milk jugs!
The Aquarium’s 2013 classroom makeover introduces The Dorothy Green Room, celebrating Heal the Bay’s founder and commitment to running an eco-conscious aquarium. While one side of the classroom illustrates an urban watershed and explores the ways human behavior impacts the ocean, the opposite wall is converted into a more natural watershed exhibit, including tanks featuring riparian and estuarine organisms. The floor of the Green Room is made of recycled rubber; all the lighting is LED and includes dimmers for optimal energy saving. All text in the Green Room is now in both English and Spanish to reach a wider audience.