Birch Aquarium Recognized for Sustainable Leadership

Senator Christine Kehoe (right) congratulates Catie Fyfe and Charina Layman of Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Birch Aquarium’s efforts to be sustainable and to teach the community about sustainable living garnered special recognition yesterday. The California Center for Sustainable Energy honored the aquarium with its Sustainable Community Leadership award during the Center’s eighth annual Energy All-Star Award Ceremony.

The award acknowledged the aquarium for its outstanding achievements in environmental issues and education. At the ceremony, a total of eight awards were presented to organizations and individuals in Southern California in categories ranging from commercial and residential building projects to sustainable transportation.

“These award recipients are truly furthering the goals of sustainable energy, each in their own way, by making significant contributions to reducing energy use, adopting renewable energy technologies, and using green building technologies,” said Andrew McAllister, CCSE managing director. “Their leadership stands as exemplary models of how California leads the nation in our conversion to a clean energy future.”

Birch Aquarium was recognized for its role in promoting sustainable practices with the creation of relevant scientific exhibits and educational programming. This included the Boundless Energy exhibit, Birch Aquarium’s outdoor exhibit that explores the ways renewable energy can power our lives. The aquarium was also lauded for its sustainability-themed SEA Days and Energy Challenge school programs.

The award said: “The Aquarium is a respected source of relevant earth science for the community of Southern California. Birch has led the way in creating exhibits and programs that interpret the science of the sometimes overwhelming environmental issues facing our communities today.”

Congrats to the aquarium’s hardworking staff and volunteers!

The California Center for Sustainable Energy is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of services that help people adopt greener practices and save energy and money through rebates, technical assistance, and public education.