Aquarium of the Pacific Shines a Light on Energy Savings

The Long Beach tourist attraction receives a Cool Planet award for its environmental efforts.
Oct 23, 2015 12:00 PM ET

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.