Aquarium of the Bay


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – November 13, 2013 – Aquarium of the Bay has officially been renewed as a certified Green Business of the City and County of San Francisco. As a San Francisco Green Business, Aquarium of the Bay has once again met the high environmental standards set by multiple City agencies, including SF Environment, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to reduce waste, prevent pollution, and conserve resources. Aquarium of the Bay has served as a Certified San Francisco Green Business since April, 2005, and was among the first businesses to be green-certified in San Francisco.

This Aquarium is a Must-See when you are on the Embarcadero. It is the right size for kids to see, learn, understand and experience. Their continued efforts on education and green practices are EXEMPLARY!!  –– editor

In order to be recognized as a San Francisco Green Business, Aquarium of the Bay had to meet environmental standards in four areas: waste reduction, water conservation, pollution prevention, and energy conservation. Below is just a small sampling of how Aquarium of the Bay has continued to meet these standards over the years:

Waste Reduction:

  • Aquarium of the Bay has maintained a waste diversion rate of over 80% over the past few years, sending less than 20% of waste generated here to the landfill, and instead composting, recycling or reusing.
  • Use of composting bins throughout the Aquarium for staff food waste, animal feed waste, and Bay Theater concessions waste.
  • All events rely on reusable or compostable materials, including plates, cups, napkins and cutlery.

Water Conservation:

  • Low-flow faucets and toilets increase in-house water conservation.
  • Additional low-flow screens to water sources further conserve water throughout the building.

Pollution Prevention:

  • In 2011, Aquarium of the Bay gift stores discontinued the use and sale of single-use plastic bottles for water and soft drinks.
  • Batteries, light bulbs, paint, e-waste and other non-recyclable or compostable materials are separated for proper disposal or pick-up.

Energy Conservation:

  • Several locations within the building are retrofitted with energy efficient light bulbs to reduce energy consumption.
  • Motion activated timers are installed on machines to power down when not in use.
  • Use solar energy to power parts of the PG&E Bay Lab exhibit.

Aquarium of the Bay’s mission is to protect, restore and inspire the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea. Therefore, it is important to the Aquarium to reduce its carbon footprint and continue to find ways to improve on green initiatives that will not only make an impact on the environment locally, but on a global scale as well. To learn more about Aquarium of the Bay’s green initiatives, visit

About Aquarium of the Bay:

Aquarium of the Bay is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit nature center affiliated with The Bay Institute, with a combined mission to protect, restore and inspire the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed-from the Sierra to the sea. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and certified as a Green Business by the city of San Francisco. Located next to the beautiful San Francisco Bay and on the world famous PIER 39, Aquarium of the Bay is San Francisco’s only waterfront aquarium. Dedicated to the diverse marine life and ecosystems of the Bay, Aquarium of the Bay is home to approximately 20,000 animals found in the Bay and along the California coast. Additional information about Aquarium of the Bay is available at

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