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Family/ NeighborhoodCommunity (Schools, Workplaces, Aquariums, Churches, Public Spaces, etc.)CityState/Federal
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EnergyReduce Household Energy: Provide information about energy vampires – promote the ‘unplug’ movement at homeClean Energy for Aquariums: Solar panels for Cafe hot water,City-Wide Alternative Energy Development: Support policy initiatives for alternative energy development on local levelRenewable Energy Policy: Ex. The state of CA set a goal of 1/3 renewable energy by 2020.
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Clean Energy Community Workshops: The Seattle Aquarium hosted a one time workshop with Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy on using solar power that was open to the public- I’d like to see us do that again and deepend those partnerships.Cap & Trade policy to limit emissions.
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Insulate, caulk, weatherstrip, install storm windows and doors. Have at least 12" insulation in attic floor. close fireplace dampers when not in use. consider installing an alternate heat source. Close drapes at night, open in daytime. Dress for the weather - wool blends are warmer than polyester knits or leather. Get a humidifier - it uses electricity but makes you more comfortable at lower temps - reducing fuel.Tax benefits for large-scale renewable energy installations
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Use small appliances for small meals. Cook one-dish meals often. Use oven to capacity. Cook more than one meal at a time for reheating later. Cook with lids on to reduce cook time.Power-purchase agreements to allow companies or residences to lease renewables onto their rooftops
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Laundry: Wash and dry only full loads in cold water. Dry only as long as necessary - don't over dry. Remove clothes immediately to reduce wrinkling and ironing. Use a clothesline. keep lint screens clean, dry consecutive loads when dryier is warm.Net metering – require utilities to purchase power produced by renewable sources at residential/commercial properties.
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Kitchen: Defrost refrigerator before its iced up. Avoid closing and opening the door continuously. keep refrigerator grills and coils clean. Keep temperature between 37-40 degrees and freezer between 0-10 degrees. Run dishwasher only when full, using the shortest possible cycle that gets dishes clean. Open door and let dishes air dry.Fees for fossil fuel emissions
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Take short showers instead of baths (less hot water). Fill a bath only 1/2 a tub of water.
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Locate the thermostat where it will accurately measure tempature; mount on level and keep free of dust. Set the thermostat on your central iar conditioners at the highest temperature consistent with your comfort and health requirements. Keep shades down and drapes drawn.
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TransportationA neighborhood with school kids might form carpools.Bike to Work Days and Walk to Work Days: Have a meter chart that shows how much pollution goes down when people are driving lessCommute Alternatives – Monterey – Promotes carpooling, biking, walking – provides incentivesCA – allows high efficiency vehicles into carpool lanes
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Trip planning: Save errands for one car trip, combine trips with friends, schedule trips to avoid rush hour traffic, patronize one stop shopping centersBike to the Aquarium: The Aquarium of the Bay encouraging our community to bike more often by hosting Bike to the Aquarium events 1 time per month (and those that bike get a deep discount on admission).San Francisco – requires employee transit benefits from employersTar Sands policy and offshore drilling policy.
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Energy efficient driving practices: Drive at a steady pace, anticipate speed changes and accelerate or slow down smoothly. Don't warm up the car for more than 1 minute. Don't rev the engine. Optimum speed for fuel economy is 30-40 mph. Shift higher gears as soon as possible. Use air conditioning sparingly. Have car tuned-up regularly, keep air filters clean, check tire pressure regularly (underinflated tires waste gas). Don't carry excessive gear (more weight = more gas). Don't put baggage on the roof - it creates wind drag which uses more gas.Public Transport to the Aquarium: AOTB also encouraging our community to use public transit to get to the Aquarium everyday – those who show their muni pass or transfer get a $2 discount on admission.Spare the Air Days – northern CA – promotes public transit by offering free transit for those days.
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Buy an energy efficient car. No Idle Zones: Encourage schools and businesses to implement no-idle zones, carpooling, and incentives for biking or walking.
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Vacation closer to home - see what sights others enjoy when they come visit you!Encourage Plug-In Electric and Hybrid Car Communities: Offer reduced parking/admissions at aquariums for plug-in electric and hybrid cars
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Facilitate town hall meetings about transit options and have officials share their ideas
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Food/LandscapingPlant shade trees on the south and west sides of your home, to cool in the summer and protect in the winter. Plant shrubs around the foundations.Local Gardening: Host a Master Gardeners Event to learn about Ocean, Lakes and Streams friendly gardening and talk about how growing close to home helps keep the air a little cleanerCSAsIncentives to reduce grass that needs irrigation
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Make a compost pile in your yard or plant a garden. Can you collaborate with your neighbors in either effort?Sustainable Landscaping: The Woodland Park Zoo hosts in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation’s Backyard Wildlife Certification program. They have multiple classes in the series on planting to attract wildlife, using native plants, etc. This is perhaps tangentially related to reducing carbon footprint (use of compost/mulch) but I think could work as a solution that is animal-related.Meatless MondaysGrey water system infrastructure
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Farmers Markets: Our local communities have established successful farmers markets and encouraging support of buying local is important. If facilities have restaurants/cafes on site to encourage purchase of sustainable and local options. City Parks hosting master gardener training programs such as composting demonstrations, etc
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Institutional composting – LoA, NEAq, others have programsCity-level community gardens
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Long Beach provides vermipost (worm) bins free for people who take a class on how to use it.
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Homes/BuildingsSmart Meters installed in homesGreen Building Practices: using locally sourced recycled building materials for renovationsLow-Impact Development: Host public lectures on low impact development in citiesFed/State incentives for green building constructions and smart appliance swapping
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Meters on washers and dryers to show utility costs and energy usage.Aquariums/Zoos/Other – provide discounts or incentives to people who invest in high efficiency homes. A “badge” or “certification” for families to use.Zoning for higher density living. Building codes for energy efficiency.
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Frequent 'green' hotels.Solar Decathalon – home tour of homes and businesses with renewable energy installed or other green features.Economic incentives or planning for development near public transit.Require all federal purchases of lightbulbs to be high efficiency bulbs.
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Use hand tools instead of power tools, or buy tools with the least amount of horsepower you need. Keep tools in top operating shapeGreen-source materials swaps or demonstrations. Lots of library resources for design ideas and sample plans for peopledesigning their own homes. Promoting LEED certification.Reduce permitting fees for ecofriendly changes to your buildings
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Incentives for home or business energy audits.Free double pane windows from utility compoanies for low income households.
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Builders Assn – companies that work with green building contractors and suppliers of materials from sustainable sources.
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Manufacturing/Products/ServicesBe aware of energy efficient products: Buy fabric or clothing that doesn't require ironing. Buy longer lasting products. Buy recycled products when available. Buy products that can be recycled. Get unwrapped produce. Avoid disposable products made of plastic & cellophane. Buy cold water cleaning agentsRe-Use: Have a green event where you demonstrate reusing items (jars, plastic containers) and repurposing for continued use and to lessen the use of petroleum for packing or at least making it go a lot further when it is usedLocal Green Business: SF Department of the Environment Green Business Program – AOTB is part of this program and talks to guests about it, encouraging guests to go to other green businesses.
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Buy energy saving appliances. Ask for energy information if it is not supplied for you.Re-usable Bags: Show the movie “Bag It” on site and host Surfrider to talk about plastics and marine debris and how much energy/pollution goes into making 1 time use plastic bags and eventually into the air, to the sea (you know the story) and alongside sell reusable bags, and talk about the turtles that are fooled by plastic bags
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*Sell reusable bags in the gift shop so that guests can choose that instead of our paper bags.
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WasteCompost and Recycling: diverting waste through compost and recycling programs, eliminating plastic bottles for events and conferences, transitioning to only compostable servicewareLocal Waste Diversion: City of SF setting and achieving a 80% waste diversion goal – a community level action.Maker movement – allow (require?) product designs for people to be able to repair or purchase a replacement part rather than purchasing a whole new one.
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Waste-Free Lunch: Encourage school and businesses to support waste-free lunches.
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Plastics reduction: In our breakroom, get our vending machine switched out from plastic soda bottles to cans. Support corn-based to-go ware instead of styrofoam or plastic
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Marine Debris: Get the word out about newer fishing line (spectra) and how to either properly use it or get rid of it.
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Promote repair and reuse and DESIGN for products to be repaired rather than throwing them away and buying new.
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Coalition BuildingShare what you know: Prompt kids to share what they've learned/get excited about with their family, friends, teachers*Stewardship Culture: Promote internal stewardship culture within facility – utilize the potential to engage in volunteer and staff community, encouraging ripple affect into peoples personal and civic life
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*Educational Outreach: Provide support for public and educational outreach through citizen science programs that highlight environmental stewardship, restoration and active participation in alternative daily practices for positive change*Educational Outreach: Provide support for public and educational outreach through citizen science programs that highlight environmental stewardship, restoration and active participation in alternative daily practices for positive change
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*Coalition-Building: We also have a great organization based in Seattle called Climate Solutions. I’d like to interface more with them to see what kinds of community-efforts we could offer to our visitors as options.
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*Communicate Beyond the Aquarium: Be vocal! Use social media to make your opinions and voice heard about what is important to you. Speak up at hotels, airlines, restaurants about climate friendly practices important.
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