Celebrating Earth Day every day

Yesterday we joined the country in celebrating the 40th Earth Day…but we do our best to care for and protect the Earth every day by incorporating simple actions into daily life at the Aquarium. Here are just some of the simple actions we take:

  • In the Aquarium cafes, our utensils, cups, straws and lids are made from potatoes and corn, which are compostable and biodegradable. We also offer three bins for waste: compost, recycling and trash.
  • The Aquarium Animal Programs staff repurposes toilet paper tubes, used towels, plastic bottles, old phone books, and other materials for education programs and animal enrichment.
  • Staff members have the option to join a community-supported agriculture program that delivers organic, locally grown produce right to the Baltimore venue.
  • We turned 53 wetsuits into 575 bottle cozies, available in our gift shop, which kept 92 pounds of neoprene out of landfills.
  • When you walk across the newly reopened exterior harbor footbridge, do you feel a little spring in your step? We used 98,342 plastic milk jugs to renovate it!
  • Last year, we recycled 50 tons of plastic, glass, aluminum, cardboard and paper; 388 pounds of “technotrash”; and 489 pounds of batteries. We also send in corks and energy bar wrappers to companies that “upcycle” them into new products!
  • Every month, the Aquarium recognizes and rewards three staff members who conserve natural resources by walking, biking, carpooling or taking mass transit to work.
  • Power-generating water valves are installed in Aquarium restrooms, which create and store power.
  • Each year, every full-time Aquarium employee gets a paid day off to participate in a conservation event, such as a wetland cleanup or a tree-planting event.

You can read about more actions the Aquarium takes here and get some more tips for what you can do here. And come join us at the National Aquarium this Saturday for our continued Earth Day celebration!

What simple actions do you, your family, or your workplace take every day?

2 Responses to “Celebrating Earth Day every day”

  1. 1 Carol Plambeck April 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I am very impressed by all the simple actions that Aquarium employees take to help conserve our resources! I have recycled for years, both at home and at work, but this is the first time I’ve heard of an organization that recycles corks and energy bar wrappers. And Bravo! to the Aquarium executives who support their employees’ efforts by rewarding them for commuting responsibly and by paying them to take part in a one-day conservation event. Other employers should take note.

  2. 2 Andrew April 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I ride my bike to work most days, and I take the bus most others. I also maintain a vegan diet fed with local produce from my grocery co-op and farmer’s market.

    Additionally, I try to be generally earth-conscious when buying products (the closer to home, the better!), using energy, making car trips and even going out on the town.

    Of course, I live in Oregon, where the local beer and wine selection is downright decadent.

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