Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Go Green, Save Green during Light Bulb Exchanges at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Get 2-for-1 same-day aquarium admission by trading in old light bulbs
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego
Dates: Saturday April 18, June 20, July 18 & Aug. 15
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Here's a bright idea: Join the global effort to slow climate change and cut down your energy bill at the same time. On four select Saturdays at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, trade in old light bulbs for new, energy-efficient models for free and get 2-for-1 same-day aquarium admission.
On April 18, June 20, July 18 and Aug. 15, San Diego County residents can exchange up to five incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent lights, while supplies last. CFLs use 75 percent less energy than regular incandescent bulbs, create 75 percent less heat and last 10 times as long. Participants also will receive a free Home Energy Savings kit that includes an energy-efficient low-flow showerhead, two faucet aerators for the bathroom and one faucet aerator for the kitchen.
Light bulb exchanges at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Participants must a bring a copy of their current San Diego Gas & Electric utility bill and/or a California ID to prove San Diego County residency.
In addition, expired CFL bulbs will be accepted at the event for proper disposal. In California, CFLs cannot be disposed of in regular trash or recycling bins because of trace amounts of mercury contained in the bulbs.
Once inside the gates, visitors can explore Birch Aquarium at Scripps' award-winning exhibit, Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge. Through hands on-activities, videos and visuals, guests can learn the scientific facts of climate change and discover tips for reducing carbon emissions.
Birch Aquarium's light bulb exchanges are held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside the aquarium entrance and are offered through a partnership with SDG&E and the City of San Diego.
About Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, Earth and ocean science. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 400,000, including 45,000 school children.
Visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, Calif.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
$11 Adult, 18+
$9 Senior, 60+
$7.50 Youth, 3-17
Free Children, 2 and under
Free Scripps Oceanographic Society Members
From Interstate 5, exit at La Jolla Village Drive.
West one mile. Left on Expedition Way.
Birch Aquarium offers three-hour courtesy parking.
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $155 million from federal, state and private sources. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.
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