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A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that inspires conservation of the natural world.
Thinking Green So Our Waters Stay Blue
Since we’re surrounded by natural beauty, caring for our planet is at the heart of everything we do at the South Carolina Aquarium,
from the choices we make about eating seafood to the business decisions we make in the workplace.
We invite you to join us in creating a world where wildlife and wild places will forever be protected.
A Snapshot of Our Green Practices
- Since 2001, the Aquarium has recycled more than 150 tons of everything from cardboard and paper to wine corks and ink cartridges.
- Our saltwater tanks are filled with water from the Charleston Harbor and we use native plants in our landscaping because they naturally require less water.
- We use only LED lights in our Madagascar Journey exhibit and exit signs – they use less energy and last longer than traditional bulbs.
How to Join Us in Thinking Green
- Refrain from dumping your saltwater aquarium pets and plants where they may become invasive and damage local habitats.
- Create an ocean friendly outdoor space by planting native plants and using fewer lawn chemicals to prevent runoff into nearby waterways.
- Put mulch around your trees and flowers. Not only does it make your lawn look great, it also decreases the evaporation of water.
- Plant during the spring or fall when watering requirements are lower.
- Avoid overfishing of waterways by practicing catch and release.
- Remember the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
- Find creative and fun alternative uses for items that normally
end up in the trash.
- Replace light bulbs with fluorescent or LED bulbs; you’ll save
energy and money.
- Bring your own bags to grocery stores to reduce the likelihood of plastic bags ending up in our oceans.