Sustainability is more than a buzz word at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center. We are incorporating sustainability and environmentally friendly practices into every aspect of our organization – from exhibits to education, research and collections, and operational policies and procedures. The success of the Museum truly relies on a green and sustainable foundation.
WALKING THE TALK
Green Business Certification: As a guide to our greening the Museum efforts, we are using the Santa Barbara County Green Business Checklist. This has helped us make considerable changes such as selecting Energy Star-rated equipment, adding timers to our lights, posting our energy consumption for all staff to see, etc. The checklist is full of great ideas and inspiration for our efforts.
In fact, the Museum's marine science education facility on Stearns Wharf – Sea Center – has been certified as a Green Business by reducing its impact on the environment. The Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County (GBPSBC) certifies businesses that go above and beyond complying with applicable regulations and required measures to implement additional actions in areas such as waste reduction and recycling, environmentally preferable purchasing, energy efficiency and conservation, water conservation, air pollution prevention, and transportation using a checklist tailored to their industry type. We are proud to have achieved our goal of improving the way we do business in order to contribute to building a cleaner, healthier community. More>
BEING GREEN TOGETHER
Community Collection Site for Battery Recycling: The Museum and Sea Center will gladly recycle your batteries. Batteries received are properly disposed of at the Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center, located at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) campus. More information about the program:
- Battery size should be "D" or smaller.
- Corroding or leaking batteries must be placed in a plastic bag.
- Batteries that can be recycled include: D, AA, AAA, 9V, calculator, palm pilot, camera etc.
- No large lantern batteries, car/motorcycle batteries or any lead acid type batteries can be recycled.
Community Outreach Events
The Museum and Sea Center host, co-host, and participate in a number of special events to offer the community opportunities to learn more about preserving and sustaining Santa Barbara and our natural world through hands-on education.
- January: Marine Science Career Day
- April: Participate in the Earth Day Festival hosted by the Community Environmental Council
- May: Sensational Sustainable Seafood and National Astronomy Day
- June: World Oceans Day
- July: Solar SUNday (partnered with the Community Environmetnal Council)
- September: California Coastal Clean Up Day and Sea Otter Awareness Week
- October: Host a Sustaniable Seafood booth at the Harbor's Seafood Festival