Published December 12, 2013
Conservation , National Aquarium , News
Tags: 2014 resolution, Conservation, conservation resolutions, laura bankey, national aquarium experts, new year, resolutions, thoughtful thursday
As this year winds down, many of us at National Aquarium are looking forward into the new year and thinking about the many ways we can make our lives and the lives of our families and communities healthier and happier!
Here are some of the resolutions we’re starting 2014 off with:
- Ditch the bottled water: According to the International Bottled Water Association, more than 9.67 billion gallons of bottled water were sold in the United States in 2012. Unnecessary resources are consumed in the packaging, shipping, and disposal of this commodity. In early 2014, the Aquarium will be installing water fountains throughout our buildings that are designed to fill reusable water bottles. Concurrently, we will be eliminating the sale of bottled water on our campus. The next time you visit the Aquarium, bring your own water bottle and check it out!
- Eat local: We all know that buying food produced and harvested locally helps support our communities and significantly decreases the resources required to put food on our table. To help further support this effort, we are working with our catering partners to increase the amount of locally sourced options available in our cafes and through our catered events. In 2014, we will also be promoting local seafood through our sustainable seafood dinner series, Fresh Thoughts! There are many local produce and seafood options available in the area. Take a look and make a commitment to serve local food at your table in 2014.
- Recycle water: As an Aquarium, we obviously care deeply about water (quantity and quality). We understand the connection between healthy water and healthy communities and we take our commitment to clean water very seriously – both inside our building and out. Internally we are developing new processes to clean our exhibit water – allowing us to recycle greater amounts of water throughout our buildings. By doing our part to clean the water before it filters to the harbor, we are helping to improve the water quality for the human and animal communities that depend on it.
- Plant a tree (or a wetland, or a sand dune): For more than a decade, the National Aquarium has helped restore more than 190 acres of native habitat in the region. More than 13,000 volunteers have joined us in providing habitat for local or migrating aquatic, terrestrial and avian species. Together we have planted more than 1.7 million native trees, grasses and shrubs. In 2014, we are committed to significantly adding to that number. Join us. Invite your friends and family to volunteer at one of our events and together we can make a difference.
We know there is more to be done, but by committing to these steps in 2014, we hope to build on our commitment to improving the health of our blue planet. Care to join us?
Published January 1, 2013
Conservation , Green Tips , National Aquarium
Tags: 2013, Conservation, national aquarium, new years, new years resolutions for the world, recycling, resolutions, sustainable living, volunteering, worry less
Happy 2013! Are you making resolutions this year? We want to help!
The following is a list of the 10 most common New Year’s resolutions. We’ve taken these goals and added tips so they not only benefit you, but the world we live in, too!
- Eat Healthier
Eat food that has been certified organic, or better yet, grow your own! Many of the foods in the grocery store have been over-processed or treated with chemicals. To make sure you (and our planet) remain healthy, choose foods that are simple. Rule of thumb: The best foods have only one ingredient!
- Lose Weight (as in Waste, Not Waist)
How many pounds of garbage do you send to the landfill each week? Could you cut that in half by the end of the year? Simple steps to meet this goal include: recycling (check out earth911.com for tips on recycling almost anything); composting; buying less stuff; and purchasing items with minimal packaging.
- Quit Smoking (Drive Less)
According to the EPA, the exhaust from an average passenger car adds up to 10,000 pounds of chemicals each year to our atmosphere! Start with a pledge to go car-less once a week. Use public transportation, ride your bike, carpool, or telecommute. If you need to use a car, purchase one with high fuel efficiency, make sure it is well-maintained, and properly inflate your tires.
- Learn Something New
Did you know that an octopus has three hearts? Or that the fur of a sloth grows in the opposite direction than most mammals? Every time you visit National Aquarium or even pay a virtual visit to aqua.org, you will see and learn so many new things!
My heart(s) beat for you!
- Get Out of Debt (Save Money)
Many of the steps you take to help the environment can also save you money! One big step toward this goal is to stop purchasing disposable items. In the end, a one-time purchase of a reusable option will save you some cash!
- Spend More Time with Friends and Family
Did you know National Aquarium offers not only a family membership, but also a couple and grandparent membership? Plus, you can add on a guest option to any of these membership packages for just $50. You can bring a different friend every time you visit!
- Enjoy Life More (Stress Less)
Sometimes we worry so much about saving the aquatic world that we forget to enjoy it. Take time this year to reconnect with nature, and take advantage of the beauty and bounty your nearby national park or wildlife refuge has to offer. Walk by the water, listen to the birds sing, savor some locally caught sustainable seafood, and remember why we work to preserve these natural treasures for future generations.
You always feel better about yourself when you are helping others! Pledge to volunteer at least four times this year and really make a difference. National Aquarium offers plenty of volunteer opportunities, both at the Aquarium and at conservation events throughout the year!
We need volunteers at all types of events – even standing on the beach for our annual Dolphin Count! (You can do that, right?)
- Quit Drinking
Bottled water, that is! This one is a no-brainer. Bottled water is a waste of your money and our earth’s resources. Reusable water bottles can be purchased just about anywhere – even at our store! Join us as a volunteer and we may even give you one at our conservation events!
- Get Organized
Organize your own neighborhood trash cleanup, storm drain stenciling event, or community garden! These events not only help build a strong community, they also help build a stronger planet. If you want to start small, simply support your local watershed organization in its efforts to create cleaner and healthier communities.
By adopting just ONE of these resolutions (but feel free to adopt them all!), you’ll be kick-starting an amazing 2013!
What other goals and resolutions have you set for yourself?